Renewed! – Part 2

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

“And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 GNT)

The apostle Paul penned some amazing words in his second letter to the Corinthian church, when he wrote, “We never become discouraged!”  And he gave the reason for it, saying that though our physical being goes through a lot, every single day we can be made brand new in our spiritual being— that inner place where God lives inside every Christian.  This should completely change our perspective and cause us to focus on what is real and lasting in this life and in the life to come.

How does our perspective change as we are being renewed and energized and strengthened in our hearts?  Well, what we consider to be fiery trials and mountains in our lives, Paul called “this small and temporary trouble we suffer”!  He was saying that our problems, our pain, our heartaches, won’t last forever.  They’re transient; they last for just a second compared to eternity, and they’re storing for us a glory and magnificence waiting for us when we get to heaven.  The early Christians were concentrating not on “what am I going to do now?!” but, rather, on the joy awaiting them when they would go to be with Jesus.  In the natural, everything is now— “Bless me now, help me now!”  But when our spiritual being is renewed, we’re singing, “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!”  When that inner person is renewed, we start seeing things from a divine perspective and we don’t let the world or Satan or life’s problems overwhelm us.  We realize that when we die, it’s not the end; it’s the beginning!  But if our hearts are not renewed, we don’t even know what Paul is talking about.  Jesus said, “Do not be worried and upset… I am going to prepare a place for you… And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.”  Without that assurance in our hearts, we’ll just be knocked down by our problems, because we have nothing to compare them to.  For the Christian, there’s a finish line in this physical world; and then we’re on to our reward.  That’s why Paul was able to say, earlier in the letter, that he was sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; that there were many enemies, but that he was never without a friend.  That friend is Jesus.

To be continued...

Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 17; John 14:1-14.

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