“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, first, Jesus Christ might show all patience, as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.”1 Timothy 1:15-16 MEV
Paul says he is the worst of sinners. Jesus came into this world to save, but to also show mercy and patience so those that are going to believe will see MERCY and PATIENCE lived out in us and come to Christ.
Nobody’s perfect…the greatest hangup some may have is the fact that we serve a perfect God, but we are imperfect people. He died for the messed up and jacked up and he continually shows patience to those that are on the journey of faith, so that those that are about to be on the journey can have HOPE!
Lord help us to embrace grace and understand patience…so that others can see our lives and desire to follow Jesus and not follow us.
“For this reason we do not lose heart: Even though our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day. Our light affliction, which lasts but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MEV
In light of a horrendous day of moving with a crew that was incredibly unprofessional, this is what Gid is saying to when I was about to lose heart and my mind…don’t lose heart!
Don’t lose heart. So many things can happen in this world that will cause you to lose heart. The opportunity to lose heart is real…but what we choose to do will enable us to be who we are destined to be. We were born for so much more than the present affliction or the present situation. We were born for great things! Our inward man is being renewed day by day in order to overcome what we see and what we feel. So don’t focus on the temporary, the junk that is right in front of you. This too shall pass! Focus on the eternal unseen God! He is the one that has a plan for you and for your life. Learn from affliction, learn from pain and allow the presence of God to equip you and allow your righteousness to shine!
Jesus today is a new day. Today I am not going to focus on the junk in front of me, but rather the treasure that lives inside of me. I choose to not lose heart and fix my eyes on JESUS!