I have often wondered if our words or our actions carry weight or if our attitude means anything to others who are watching. What does it matter anyway is another question I have heard people ask. I don’t think we are meant to know which words spoken or what action it was that persuaded someone to make a right decision, but I do think we are meant to know it does. In 2 Cor. 4:17&18 it says, “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.” So, now you know where I am getting this stuff.
I didn’t go to the jail this week because our Chaplin had a family emergency. She tries at all cost not to cancel church, but it couldn’t be helped; which I agree with her. I took advantage of the night off and looked into what these verses mean. I was interested in this subject because there was a lady I was counseling one night and she felt like giving up. She said “nothing I do matters anyway, why should I keep doing the right thing?” She had been abused as a young child and wondered if her young children were being abused. She asked me, “where was God when that was happening to me? If God wasn’t there for me, then why would He be there for my children?” It was hard for me to sit there and watch her weep for her children when she could not be there to make sure they were safe.
I go into the jail each and every time knowing I don’t have magic answers, and I can’t fix their problems, but the one thing I always do is point them to Jesus. He is the best answer and the only one if you ask me. It matters what we do, what we say, how we act and it matters what’s in our hearts; preferably, having Jesus in our hearts.
The part of the verse that says, “works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” is what I thought about the most. Here are some words that best describe weight of glory; heavy, substance, meaty, honor, deathless and character. These are things you can’t see but you know are there. The opposite of some of these words are careless, squander, frivolous and fleeting. We need to remember the difference between these opposites. I believe if the Holy Spirit lives inside you, you have the glory of God in you. He is the glory, and He is the one to be exalted in you. He is the very one who is working in you but on the outside looking in, it looks like you are doing it, but it’s really the Holy Spirit.
I know it matters. It’s not about what people will think about me or if I can thwart God’s plan, but it’s about God being God and you’re not. When the maker of the universe lives inside you, people are going to react one of two ways. They will draw nearer or be repelled but they will never stay the same. We know that it’s Him doing the doing and it’s Him working for us. It’s a far more exceeding AND eternal weight of glory.
My advice to this precious woman of God is to depend and look to God for everything that comes up because technically we don’t have any control anyway. We trust Him to be the weight of glory. There is an exceeding and eternal value in that.
Written by Tracey