Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
This is a longer passage but I couldn’t leave any of it out. First of all, we can’t lose heart. Looking around us, we see the darkness, we see those not handling the Word of God truthfully, we see where the message of Jesus is not being accepted and people are perishing without Christ.
This is discouraging, yes. But we cannot stop our thought process with those thoughts. We must strive forward and remember that we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ. We do not save, God does. We are not sovereign, God is. We are merely His bondservants sent to shine for Him, nothing of ourselves, but all Him and for Him. It is God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, let us not forget this powerful truth and be discouraged by what we see around us.
Lord, You commanded light to shine out of darkness, you have given us the light of knowledge of YOUR glory in the face of Jesus Christ. This is our hope. Remind us not to lose heart. God, it is so easy to lose heart at times. Remind us of Your truth planted deep within us. Remind us of the first time our eyes were opened to Your light. Remind us of our own salvation miracle and when we came to know Jesus as our Savior. It is You who changes hearts and saves lives.
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