In the big scope of things time is only a tiny spec within the realm of eternity. As we age and grow old the cycle of temporal life will conclude and finally come to an end. The outward man not only ages but will die and eventually go to the grave. As the outward man perishes – the inward man day by day draws near to its long home of immortality.
2 Corinthians 4…For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
During life’s journey with Christ the many obstacles hurtled, many adverse conditions are experienced, and countless burdens encountered are turned over in trust – to the Lord of Glory. The inward man day by day grows more fond of a security that can only be found in Christ. Our light affliction through out the course of life can be considered only a moment in the big scope of things. Hope in Heaven has become vivid to our thinking. Faithful focus on life beyond the grave becomes a mindset and way of living. Christ never loses a battle, Christ will provide, and our long home will be with Him who sits upon the Throne. Christians know that. Our groaning is accepted as the earnest of the Spirit gives us enough confidence to endure any hardship in life.
2 Corinthians 5…For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Life is only moment in time as the outward man perishes. The inward man is renewed day by until life becomes eternity on the outer side.