I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
“I consider” are the two words that tip us off as to how Paul was able to be beat so often, run out of town so often, imprisoned so often, and even walked outside the city and executed. He took his mind and placed it where it needed to be -on the “glory that will be revealed in” him. If we are going to endure, the mind has to lead us there. I believe all of us have a reserve tank that we intuitively hold on to when we are straining through something. You’ve heard trainers and coaches yelling in gyms and on fields you’ve got a little more, give me one more, this is speaking to that natural reserve that we all keep. When we move our minds to “consider”, it allows Jesus to infiltrate our fear and reinforce our resilience. Take a minute today and focus on your entry into heaven sitting at the feet of your Savior. Allow the Holy Spirit to settle your heart and quiet your anxiety, letting you know whatever your suffering is, it is “not worth comparing” with what is to come.