“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NASB
I am an aging saint. My body is slowly falling apart and there is little I can do about it. I sit this morning about to receive an infusion drug that helps my body fight rejection of my kidney. It seems like every day I find another pain, another reminder of the decay of my outer man. Even as that is happening, I am excited about what God is doing in me. Each day I see new growth, advancement of what is reflective of Jesus and less of what is reflective of the old man. It is a battle to not be caught in the loss of the visceral, and lose sight of the spiritual.
I find peace in the fact that God will not stop bringing about the change and His work in me. He will be about growing me until I take my last breath.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6 NASB
As I fail, one cell at a time, my spiritual man is being built up on every word from God. I am calmed by the destiny that I know have in heaven.
All of this pain will pass, all the medications will be needed no more, and I will know the glory of Jesus, my Savior and Lord. I praise Him for very breath, every opportunity I have to proclaim the Gospel to the people around me. It is a blessing to suffer loss, to know that I am gaining all the treasures of so great an inheritance.
All that I endure is but light affliction, and what is to come I cannot even fathom. I know many aging saints who are looking forward to the day, that we will see the blessed hope manifested. Whether by death, or rapture it is something I long for in God’s timing.
In the mean time, I must be about the Father’s business, sharing the Gospel at every opportunity, praying without ceasing for many, and proclaiming the goodness of God. I want as many people as possible to experience the forgiveness of sins, the transformation of heart and life, and the hope of being with Jesus in Heaven.
Believers, seek the Lord, lean into Him with the knowledge that He will carry you. Consider the eternal weight of glory, the compelling reality of all to come. Be motivated to share the Good News with a world that is in desperate need of the message. Pray for the word to go out!
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