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Daily Devotion – June 1, 2018
05.31.18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

“On the Other Side”

 

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Devotion by Rev. Krista

 

In today’s devotion we examine Paul’s writing to the Corinthian church during a time of turmoil and martyrdom.  Paul reminds them that THIS great ministry, the message of Jesus’ resurrection, is indeed a treasure and no matter what: through judgment, through criticism, threats against his life and persecution the message had to go forth.  He told the Corinthians the importance of this ministry and what he went through in order for them to even hear it.  Paul shares that with his ordinary body he suffered.  Comparing himself to a clay jar, he stated he had been broken doing ministry.  As I read this scripture, I became curious and had to raise the question: what are we willing to go through for what we believe?

 

The resurrection message is so divine that our faith can cause us to forget just how human we are and the challenges we go through are sometimes unavoidable.  The hard times, the difficulties and the trials – are inescapable. Paul eloquently describes the conditions in our lives as ones that will leave us feeling afflicted, perplexed and persecuted.  With all that is going on in the world today we cannot help but feel all of those emotions at the same time! While such things are part of life, as believers we are reminded that we are more than our circumstances.  We are afflicted but not crushed, because God’s protection will deliver and save us.  We are perplexed and often confused, but we do not have to be in despair as long as we hold on to hope in peace, grace and impending joy.  And yes, we often feel as though we are persecuted and struck down, but we are not destroyed because the love that Jesus has for us can withstand anything!

 

As we go through this day and into the next, let us not look at the situations of our lives as the ‘end’.  The One who has all power, grace and love will see us through and we will be made better for it… on the other side.

 



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