What are you doing? Are you beholding Him? Are your eyes riveted upon Him? If you are beholding Him, you are being made like Him. If the enemy is interposing his hellish shadow between your soul and your God, you are able to remove that shadow because you have divine assistance. What we want is to look and live. Look in faith, and there will be a power that will come into your life, interwoven into your experience, and the invitation of every one will be, “Come and hear what the Lord has done for me. He died to redeem me. He is coming to take me to Himself; and I am living for the future, the immortal life. I am taking eternity into my reckoning; and I reckon that the trials and afflictions and persecutions of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Paul took eternity into his reckoning, and he declares that those light afflictions which are but for a moment here, work for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. [2 Corinthians 4:17.] Then how can the light afflictions of this life so absorb our attention, our life, and our affections? We are looking beyond time; we are looking to eternity. We are trying to live in such a way that Christ can say, Well done, good and faithful servant. Let us live, every one of us, in that way.
– Manuscript 9, 1891