"Do not worry."
This is one of the most frequent commands in the Bible from God, Jesus, angels, prophets, and apostles.
Jesus says, in Luke 12:29–31;
"And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you."
So why do we struggle with this?
Why do we continue to worry about the same things the world worries about?
We cannot help it. We worry about what we see in front of us: real life issues like our finances, our families and our careers.
But there has to be a way to not allow these things to consume our thoughts, our actions and ultimately our life!
Paul gives us some insight into how we can change our focus so that, even though we still have to deal with these real life issues, they do not consume us and cause us to live a life filled with worry.
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." — 2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (ESV)
Paul shows us that the things we see with our eyes that cause us to lose heart are only passing.
Daily time with Jesus renews our inner self and shifts our focus to things that are unseen. The eternal is beyond all comparison to what we see and experience now.
Paul knows that what we see with our physical eyes, though real, is not most important. The only way for the unseen to remain most important is to spend daily time with Jesus and allow him to renew our inner self. This is the only way we will not lose heart.
When we don't spend time with Jesus, we begin to live for the things that we see.
When we spend time with Jesus, he transforms our hearts so we begin to live for the unseen and eternal.
What are you doing to allow Jesus to renew your heart day by day?
I encourage you this summer, starting now, to set aside daily time with Jesus so He can renew your mind and transform your heart.
Read your Bible, worship, pray, fight for time with Jesus. Do whatever you can to get your eyes off what is seen.
You will know He is renewing your mind because what you think is very important in your life will begin to have less to do with what you see and more to do with what is unseen and eternal:)!!