Temporary is a sweet sweet word.

When Jesus told people not to worry but to seek first the kingdom of God, he was telling them, and us, that stuff is only temporary.

When Jesus healed people of their diseases, he was telling them that their sicknesses were only temporary. All these people eventually died of something, and yet all of it was temporary.

When Jesus’ friend Lazarus was deathly ill, Jesus didn’t immediately run to his rescue. Why? Because Jesus knew it was all temporary.

Jesus told the thief on the cross next to him, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” In other words, this is just temporary.

I thank God for temporary.

To my friends Stan and Chuck, MS is temporary.
To my sister Kathy, Rheumatoid arthritis is temporary.
To my friend Terra, loss and grief are temporary.

Faith includes an acknowledgement of what is temporary and a conviction in what is eternal … and choosing to live by what is eternal.

My circumstances and yours are temporary, no matter how difficult they are or impossible they seem. Even if healing or reconciliation or freedom or stability never come in this lifetime, it is still all temporary.

“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 on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).


What does temporary mean to you?

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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  1. Promises that surpasses any and everything we've ever seen or experienced in our lifetime, now, THAT'S A PROMISE! Thank You Lord… Hallelu-JAH! Amen!

    “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4.

    “For all the promise of God in Him are yes, and in Him, Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthian 1:20

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