A Spiritual Renewal
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
Seasons come and seasons go. At writing, there are a few remaining piles of snow on the ground. The snow is fighting to remain after several warm Spring days. The birds are out and the weather has shifted once again. The first few weeks of spring could really be called “Mud Season.” Let’s add a fifth season, shall we? The ground will dry out soon.
Life is much like the weather. The seasons change and we adjust to the climate. As life goes on, we change, the world changes, and life goes on. We adjust. One thing that never changes is Jesus. His Word always remains. He is the I Am. The constant companion Who through the Holy Spirit is always with the Christian.
Like the season cycle of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, our spiritual life tends to be cyclical as well. We can experience seasons of discouragement, even despair. There will be times of elatedness and joy. Other times of sadness and sorrow. A wonderful truth is that Jesus is with us through each season.
As Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians church, he speaks from tremendous experience. He has endured fierce persecution, undergone physical hardships, and was weary through much travel and sickness. He says “All things are for your sakes.” Even the trials and difficulties we face can be used of the Lord to help us become more like Jesus.
I love the encouragement God gives us. We need not “faint.” We may be physically weary, but we do not need to be weary in “spirit.” The solution is being renewed.
Spiritual renewal is my prayer for our church. Each of us, myself included need a spiritual renewal. We need reinvigorated in our walk with Jesus. We need what Paul describes as being “stirred” in our ministry service. We need a daily recharge from Jesus.
How can I be renewed or recharged? I hope to answer this in the next post.
Ask the Lord to renew your love, passion, and service to Him today.