“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.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 NLT
We, as mere mortals, are given the power of the Immortal One to live inside of us. That is absolutely mind boggling. To have the God of Creation living within our temporal, human bodies is nothing less than miraculous. By the blood of Jesus we are made spiritually pure and clean. This makes our body capable of being inhabited by the Holy Spirit (see I Corinthians 6:19).
I Peter 1:18-19 says it this way: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” NLT.
That is simply AMAZING!!!
No matter what we may endure, we have the living hope of Jesus living inside us. The things we now suffer are but a speck of dust compared to the eternal reward of living in the sinless, matchless presence of Jesus our Lord!
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me stay focused on You and remain faithful to your call.
Rev. Curtis Norris