Temporary Gifts


While we are to exercise dominion and stewardship over spiritual gifts, they are only temporary and will pass away.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV®)         

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  


Some Christians limit their spiritual lives to trying to get God to do something for them in this earthly realm. The New Testament, however, continually invites us to participate in the spiritual, eternal world of God’s Kingdom. Some throughout the history of the Church have abused this notion by suggesting that the world we live in is evil or that our physical bodies are ungodly. God created the world and everything in it for our pleasure. But He reminds us again and again that while these are gifts entrusted to us, and we are to exercise dominion and stewardship over them, they are only temporary and will pass away. We should not allow the desires of our earthly nature to overwhelm us. We should look for and receive our marching orders from another realm.



Heavenly Father, You remind me again and again that this world is my home for just a short time, a mere blink of the eye compared to the totality of my existence. Give me a renewed vision of eternity, Lord, and help to keep it in view as I work to fulfill Your purposes for me during my days in the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

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