If any of you know me, you may know that I have a hard time being quiet. And, further, an even harder time being quiet and still at the same time. Well this morning, I was rewarded for waking up early and doing so. Bear with me; here is my reward:
--For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written, "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present you with his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.-- [2 Cor 4:6-18]
A guy named Paul, who started out his life as a pretty bad dude, having even murdered people who followed Christ, had a complete life-changing conversion in his heart and subsequently did some truly amazing things for God. He wrote these words and they are as alive this morning to me as they were two thousand years ago to those who seeded of the faith.
Thank you, Lord, for letting a fidgety and all-too-often distracted boy like me have time this morning to sit with you and hear what you're saying to me.
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