Monday, October 25, 2010

A Good Reminder

I have a new dear friend at work who knows exactly what scripture to say to me at the exact moment I need encouragement. And oftentimes, she doesn't know exactly what it is I'm struggling with. She must have been sent to FWM from heaven directly.

This past week, I was sharing with her some things that I've been dealing with - in particular my frustration of yet another thing that I have to "deal with" despite having a disability. This oftentimes gets me down and makes me start questioning God. Almost like, "Haven't I dealt with enough in my life, God? Why me? Why do I have to continue to be the martyr for Christianity? I'm tired of being the example. I'm tired. I'm tired. I'm tired." The words she had for me immediately calmed me down and refocused my thinking. Here is what she shared with me.

2 Corinthians 4:5-18 (New Living Translation) says,

"You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever."

Praise the Lord Jesus that these bodies will die yet our spirits will be renewed every day and that these perceived iniquities won't last for as long as we think. We will NOT be destroyed! Heaven awaits for those who believe in Jesus as Lord.

Lord, may I continue - somehow - to keep my eyes aligned with Yours.


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