“ For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:17
There is a weight you want to gain if you are living your life for Jesus Christ. Trials, temptations, hardships, tests, and various afflictions are a part of the true believer’s lives. The key is that all we face in this life is working for us a transformation into the image of Christ. But we must keep the faith that all things are working together to conform us into the image of Christ, even if we don’t feel it or see it at the time. (Romans 8:28-29; 8:18)
The bible says many are the afflictions (pain and suffering) of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver them from them all. (Psalm 34:19) The key here is in spite of all of the hardships in life Holy Spirit will always cause us to triumph in victory when we stay abiding in Jesus. (2 Corinthians 2:14) Jesus completely conquered the revolt; He won all the battles first for us. And now he gives us a chance to own the same triumphant victory by giving us His own empowerment to overcome everything this life has for us. He gave us His authority to release His powerful Victory in our lives.
Holy Spirit is doing something valuable and eternal deep within us every time we overcome in life and continue to walk in the victory. We are “gaining the eternal weight” of the very presence of Christ Jesus Himself growing in us. We are gaining glory with every affliction. It is weighty because it is the exceeding (always increasing, progressive) eternal glory of God. However, this weight of glory will enable us to see the invisible, to see the eternal value of things, to understand that we have such a great treasure of power in our earthen vessel. Love for Him will cause it to shine outward to give God all the glory and not us.
The glory helps us to live in the Rest of the Lord.’ (Hebrews 4:10) It also makes what we do for the Lord easier because it is His power, His wisdom, and His love that empowers from our inner man outward to whatever assignment we are given. This is why we can count it all joy when hardships and trials come our way for it is working in us the glorious weight of Christ Himself, who is our Glory. I pray many times, “Fill me so full of you, Lord Jesus, that you can do whatever you desire through me; just make me Your clothes. If Jesus is lifted up and if the Excellency of power moving through us is seen to be God and not us, then many are drawn heavenward to Father God. Christ in us, the Hope of Glory!
This is a weight I want to gain as long as I live on this earth. The glory of God is the Lord Jesus Christ fully alive in you and fully present with you wherever you go and in whatever you do. It works out of a pure heart of love that causes all you do to follow His way a narrow path but not a grievous or fearful one. This should become our greatest pursuit; it is a process of climbing every single day and pressing on to reach the Prize of being possessed by the One you love, Christ Jesus our Lord. To know Him who gave His life in your place is the greatest thing in the entire world. So rejoice in Him and gain this weight, the eternal weight of Glory.
For, I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
“For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” Hebrews 4:10
For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding weight of glory” 2 Corinth 4:17