We are all the recipients of the mercy of God, which means we each have a ministry, and because of this simple fact, we must not lose heart. Those of us who have accepted the truth of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are termed “Christians”. As such, we have each (in our hearts) renounced those things that are shameful and hidden, because we chose to not walk in deceit, but we want to walk in truth. Doing so, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of our God. If others cannot understand the gospel that we share, it is not because we veil the truth from them, but because their minds have been blinded to the truth by the god of this age, the god that they have chosen to worship.
Because of this choice, they are perishing. They do not believe for fear that the truth of Jesus, the image of God, might shine on them. When light enters darkness, darkness flees, and those things hidden are revealed.
We, as Christians, do not preach for the benefit of our own glory, but for the glory of Him, whom we follow, our Lord Jesus Christ. God, the Father, has commanded that light come out of darkness, and we are called to share that light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus.
Living in these earthly bodies, the power of the Lord is in us, and not of us. We may be pressured on all sides, but we will not be crushed. We may be perplexed, but we do not despair. We may be persecuted, but we are never alone. We may be struck down, but we will not be destroyed. We are part of the body of Christ, and the life of Jesus is manifest in our bodies. We are witness to the power that fills the name of Jesus, and we are delivered to death in Jesus name. Through our faith in the reward of death, the life of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. The death of any Christian should bring the reality of the immortality gained through faith in the truth of Jesus Christ.
True belief in the truth of Christ causes one to speak that truth boldly, knowing that God raised Jesus up to sit at His right hand and that He will also raise us up with Him. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in each of us. We will be reunited with the Lord by the power of God’s Spirit raising us from the dead. All things are for our sakes, so that grace can cause thanksgiving to the glory of God.
Don’t lose heart, simply because your mortal body is perishing with age, because your inward man is being renewed each day. The afflictions we face in this life are light and only temporary, and they work us toward the eternal weight of glory. We must not look at the things we can see, but at the things which we cannot see. All the things we see are temporary, but the things we cannot see are eternal.
Have a great Monday and wonderful week!
2 Corinthians, Chapter 4