2 Corinthians 4
There were several things that stood out for me from this passage. First, I was challenged about the importance of being transparent as a Christian. Living my life with no secrets and being honest and authentic, especially with those I love. Second, people think the world (i.e., Satan) can give them the contentment and satisfaction they desire. And then they won’t have to believe in God. We need to beware how Satan blinds people to the truth and ask God to have mercy on them.
Finally, our message is about Jesus – nothing more or less. God uses us – jars of clay, something unimpressive to look at and ordinary, to carry His life-changing message of salvation. This is done to “prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us” (the Message translation). The harder the trials we face, the greater the opportunity for God’s power to shine. So keep faithful in the hard times, because God’s greatness can shine through even brighter. And believe that God will strengthen you – and never give up! Even though it may look on the outside that we are struggling, on the inside God is demonstrating his never-ending and unchanging grace. And remember that these hard times are small compared with what we have to look forward to in heaven.