Eternal Value

Cancer. Heart disease. Diabetes. Seizures. I could continue naming many of the diseases and disorders that can happen to our bodies. Some we can control, others we can’t. Some are hereditary, some aren’t. No matter how or when they happen, they’re still hurting our bodies.

I’ve seen enough cancer to last a lifetime. I’ve seen enough seizures that they are permanently etched into my memory. When these things happen to those you love the most, they become even more real.

As Paul was talking to the church of Corinth, he was reminding them of their temporary time here on earth and that our earthly bodies aren’t made to last for eternity. He states, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen in eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

Our earthly bodies will fail us. Hold tightly to Paul’s words and don’t lose hope. We are being renewed inside every day. Even as disease or illness infects us, God is renewing us.

Those verses spoke truth to me as we watched cancer take our middle son. As tumors were taking over his body, we knew God was preparing him for eternity, which far outweighed it all. There was so much going on in that tiny body of his that we had to fix our eyes on heaven and not on earth. We couldn’t see what cancer was doing inside his body each day, but we knew God was renewing his soul and preparing him for eternity.

I don’t know what you’re facing. Maybe it’s cancer. Maybe you’re on dialysis or dealing with heart issues. There are so many illnesses that are harming our bodies and so many are out of our control. But if you know Jesus, nothing He allows is lost. He will always use it for good and for His glory.



  1. Gretchen

    Loved this, Rochelle. Such a good reminder. A friend of mine and I were actually just talking about this subject the other day. We have so much more hope than those who don’t know Christ, because death isn’t the end!

    • Rochelle

      Yes! Death doesn’t have the final word. I’m so thankful for that!


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