Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
· How is our "inner self" being renewed?
· How can we learn to trust what is unseen and eternal as we live in the here and now?
· Name some qualities about Jesus that make Him the ultimate best friend? (Read John 15:9-17 for some clues.)
You're obviously hungry for the deeper things of God--that's why you're consistently studying this devotional. As we continue this series and learn how to climb higher in our faith, take to heart the Scripture passage above. (Go ahead--reread it again.)
Turn to Revelation. Quickly read these verses: 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21. What do each tell us about the importance of finishing well? Who helps us to finish well? Who gives us "oxygen" for the journey? Consider this: Those who followed Christ ended up being served by Him. (Imagine that--the Creator serving His creation!) What's more, His disciples got a big dose of encouragement, mixed with some well-deserved correction from time to time. Jesus stretched His disciples as they struggled to receive the truth and obey the will of God. In the days ahead, think of some ways that you can reach out and serve the people in your church community. How can your community serve those who may not know Christ?
Lord, I so desperately need Your oxygen for the journey. Renew my soul. Help me to trust You and all that is unseen and eternal. Amen.