2Cor. 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
It was God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, and it was He who also shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). Through this knowledge we are moved by the Spirit of God to live differently in this world. “Because we believe, we speak the truth.” Some who hear will respond in belief, but many have been blinded by the god of this age and this blindness causes them to hate the light because it exposes the darkness which they love, and the result to the Christian can be persecution.
Christ said that “in this world we will have trouble,” but even though the outward man is perishing the inward man is being renewed day by day. When we face struggles, pain, and heartache with hope, not stopping our vigilant march for the truth, the world will notice.
Whether your troubles are caused by persecution, which can result in loss of jobs, loss of reputation, loss of freedoms, and even loss of life, or if your troubles are somewhat different such as illnesses, financial difficulties, family problems, or any other kinds of weakness, we know that our hope is not found in the pleasures of this world so we must not forsake our march for truth to seek after them. And as these earthen vessels begin to decay and fissures appear in the clay, the wonderful treasure that lies inside, which is the Spirit of God and His truth, begins to shine all the brighter. Others will look upon us and see that death does work in our bodies just as it does in them, but they have no treasure in their earthen vessel that will last.
When they look upon us and wonder why we hope, why we praise, and why we are not stopped in our mission of glorifying our great God even in the midst of great difficulty, they will realize that there is a life in us which they do not have. And as the death that is working in us manifests the new life that Christ has given us, God then uses these manifestations as a means of giving life to some who are around us.
God seems to do much of His greatest work through the weakest of his children. We must not be discouraged by our weaknesses; instead we should see them as an opportunity to let God’s strength be seen. We must remember that His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
Our bodies are going to die one way or another. Through the working of the Spirit in your heart, spend it for the Lord by being His servant. Do not be concerned if you are tired and worn for our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4:17). The enemy seeks to suppress the truth, where we seek to lift it up, but the struggle will be worth it when we wash up on the other side of the Jordan all battered and worn and Jesus scoops us up in His arms and says, He bore my death in his body, and brought life to the world. Well done good and faithful servant, enter into rest today.
God’s truth we manifest
The truth that has prevailed
Yet some will not attest
For to them it’s been veiled
Yet we who clearly see
The Truth in all its might
His Spirit is the key
For it’s He who gives us light.
Earthen though we are
This treasure we contain
His Spirit in this jar
His knowledge we attain
Struck down, though we be
We will not be destroyed
We have this Guarantee
His Word will not be void.