Things which are seen are temporary
Has it ever occurred to you that everything in the world in which we live is temporary?
Someone has said that the only thing permanent in this life is "change!"
Be it ever so gradual and imperceptive, yet it is true, change is taking place. Not only is change taking place all around us, we ourselves are changing.
As we grow older we become painfully aware of the physical changes that are taking place.
Sooner or later age has a way of taking its toll on all of us.
Those changes should be sobering reminders that one day the final and climatic change will take place.
It should also cause us to realize that if one is living only for this world, a day is coming when there will be a sudden realization that all that one has been living for is only temporary.
Your job, your career, your recreations and everything which can be seen will one day come to end.
You can not keep these things and you cannot take them with you. I’m not suggesting that one should not work and earn a living or that one should not enjoy recreation and certain legitimate pleasures in life.
What I am suggesting is that these things should not be one’s all consuming life goals.
The Bible has a way of setting things in the right perspective.
The city of Corinth was known for its gross Hedonism.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in that city, he told them, "the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Here a clear line of distinction is drawn between that which is temporal and that which is eternal.
Earlier in the same verse the Apostle says, "while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen."
There is only one way that things unseen can be seen and that is by faith.
By faith the Christian is able to see that there is a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned.
It is the eye of faith that is able to see the eternal blessings that await those who have come to know the true and living God through Jesus Christ. By faith those who know Christ can see that day when they will be glorified in His presence and there love Him and serve Him with an unsinning heart.
These are the only things really worth living for.
Serious thought and consideration ought to be given to the words of the Apostle John, "the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever."