Saturday 5th October, 2019
Theme: Just Like Jesus
Passage: 2 Corinthians. 4:7-18
7 Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us. 8 We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; 9 there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. 10 At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies. 11 Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus’ sake, in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours. 12 This means that death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 The scripture says, “I spoke because I believed.” In the same spirit of faith we also speak because we believe. 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence. 15 All this is for your sake; and as God’s grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving.
Living by Faith
16 For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. 17 And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. 18 For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
In verses 1-6, Paul revealed his apostolic ministry of light against darkness. Like a jar of clay containing precious gold, so are those preaching the gospel of Christ. Though they may look frail being human beings, the gospel they preach is a gospel of power which God had deposited in them. They are not preaching themselves as their critics may think; rather, they have the strong backing of God.
Being representatives of Christ they have the responsibility of taking the form of Christ which includes suffering. According to verses 8-10, we are hard pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted, struck down (2 Cor. 11:23-28) but in all these we are neither destroyed nor forsaken. Rather we are carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
Therefore, the encouragement we have is that if we suffer like Jesus we will live like Him, “….Knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.”
We know that our earthly struggle will be rewarded even though our body, the outward man like Paul’s is perishing, our inward man is being renewed day by day.”
So, beloved brother/sister, let us strive to keep the light of God burning in us since we know that our suffering here on earth is temporary. If we do not relent in this worthy exercise, we will surely have eternal joy with God the Father and the Son with whom we shall reign eternally.
MEMORY VERSE: 2Corinthians 4:10 “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
HYMN: MHB 490- FIGHT the good fight.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, as we suffer with You every day in this world, don’t allow the eternal joys of heaven to elude us. Also touch the hearts of unbelievers to know you. Amen.
READ: Day -Col. 2; Night -Isaiah 45-47
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