Do Not Lose Heart
Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 4-5
Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 17
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
The tent-maker, Paul, calls our bodies “tents.” Our new dwelling is a “building…a house…a new creation.” He uses the present tense. Faith says that the new is already ours. Seven times the word, “therefore” is repeated: (1) “We do not lose heart;” (2) “We are renewed day by day;” (3) “We are always confident;” (4) “Our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him;” (5) “Now we know Him;” (6) “All things have become new;” and (7) “We are ambassadors for Christ.” Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian believers produced the desired result, a correction in their doctrines and practices. This second letter, we may be sure, also produced the desired results. Our reading today is producing in us strength, courage, confidence, inspiration and a resolve to live to the fullest measure of our potential in Christ.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You are the pure, holy, sinless Son of God. Yet I read in 5:21 that You were made to be the very embodiment of sin itself for me. I’m overwhelmed by this truth. Enable me, I pray, to live the “new creation” life, which You have provided for me by taking my sin upon Yourself. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
It’s interesting how many Roman Emperors claimed to be divine. Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). The Roman-appointed Jewish leaders said to the Roman Governor, “If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend” (John 19:12). When I began another round of chemotherapy, I identified with Paul when he wrote, “We who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life” (5:4). What a great start for the week. I am filled with joy, and each day when I sat in the waiting room or in the treatment chair, I was there, not filled with despair, but I’m there as an ambassador for Christ. Throughout the months of treatment, I had opportunity to pray with many people in the hospital. Paul’s words are true, “Since we have this ministry… we do not lose heart.”