An Eternal Weight of Glory


An-Eternal-Weight-of-Glory (1)Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

I’m going to steal a couple of quotes from my devotional this morning:

“If you are a follower of Christ, the only reason you get to draw another breath is for God.  Only be considering why you are here, what life is really about, and where you will be going very soon, can you consider your trials as joy.”

Recently my wife had a cyst removed from her thyroid.  We had been to the specialist and had heard all of the information about what was going to happen in the surgery, how large they thought it was, the chances that it was cancerous, and a whole lot of other details that the doctor gave us in hope of setting our minds at ease.  He gave us the good, the  bad, and the ugly of what could happen in order to give us all the info we needed and to answer any questions that we might have.  I thought it was interesting that we really did not have to ask any questions because he covered everything so well after doing it for so many people!

As family members, friends, and co-workers started asking us about the procedure and we gave them the answers to their questions, I began to see a great deal of anxiety in some of their faces.  Not for themselves, but for us.  I thought it was interesting that we were facing this, but we had a complete sense of peace about it.  Naturally, as the time got closer, there was an uptick in our anxiety just because it was time for Tammi to have her first real “knock her out and cut” surgery.  Even then, we had no doubts as to the outcome of the surgery.

Afterwards I had several opportunities to talk to co-workers about it, and several asked me how we were able to be so calm.  Some of them were so sure that it would be cancerous, and how would we handle that?  I did not realize as we were going in that I was projecting such a confidence in the the outcome being exactly what we expected and anything less would have been ridiculous!  It was nice though, because it gave me an opportunity to share my confidence in my God.  I believed without a doubt that things were going to come out just as we had been told.  I had been praying about it for a couple of months as we knew it would be dealt with, and by the time it was time to actually do it, I had already put it behind me.  God was glorified in that!

So, how do I do on the things that don’t seem to clean up that easily?  Not so good, but I am getting better with God’s help.  Financial problems, work issues, relational issues, they all present trial and struggle.  It is easy for me to get discouraged in them, especially those that are long-running!  It is even harder for me to bear up the right way and give God glory when I am the one that caused the problem in the first place… Happens more often than I would like to admit!

I don’t believe I am supposed to go through my life wearing my trials on my sleeve for everyone to see.  That would be a bit self-serving.  However, when I am involved with a person in some form of friendship or relationship and the opportunity to share what God is doing through a trial comes up, I should do it!  It is not about me, but it is about God.  Taking the time to make an eternal investment in someone else’s life by sharing with them the confidence that God gives me.  It is my reason for being here!  If I’m not going to be doing that then what purpose do I serve for God here on earth?  I guess I will just say it again:

“If you are a follower of Christ, the only reason you get to draw another breath is for God.  Only be considering why you are here, what life is really about, and where you will be going very soon, can you consider your trials as joy.”


Author: Tom Tanner

I'm a follower of Christ, husband, and father. Over the last few years I have been learning how to dig deeper into God's Word and letting it influence more of my life. As I learn, try, fail, and repeat in this process I am seeing God's hand more and more in my life and that of my family as well. This journey is long, hard, and at times a little lonely, but living a Relentless life for Christ has rewards that reach beyond me and my family. My prayer is that it brings God glory and leaves a legacy that will show His influence in my life.

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