So we do not lose heart.
by Rev. Alexandra Robinson on June 02, 2021
“ But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” - 2 Corinthians: 4:13-5:1
“So we do not lose heart.”
We, as Christians, have a unique perspective to offer this world. We don’t see just the world that we are living today. We imagine the world as renewed in the future, every day. And this imagining is not a Pollyanna dream, rather it is the reality we know will come in the resurrection. We are told in Scripture that God will renew the face of the earth in the end times: God will dwell with us, and that there will be no more weeping, death or pain and all will be made new (Rev. 21:3-5). This is the kind of earth God wants for us. And we believe it.
We believe, so let us speak it. Let us speak this into existence as Paul encouraged the Corinthians to do. For in speaking this – in embodying this truth for our world, we are a witness of God’s promise. As we embody the image of a world where there is no more death, we work for healing of hearts, souls, minds and bodies, believing that the Holy Spirit can be at work in modern day miracles of science, technology and relationships. As we embody God’s image of a world where there is no more weeping, we work for peace through forgiveness, reconciliation and hope through conversations and care in community.. As we embody God’s image of a world where there is no more pain, we work for release of burdens, justice and mercy in acts of petition, protest or protection. We embody this as we work alongside God. In speaking this, we believe it.
It is not easy to keep this vision in front of us all the time. The visions of the weeping, death and pain on the news and the day to day of life can be daunting to speak into. We may feel unequipped, overwhelmed or insecure. But God has given all we need – a spirit of faith. The Holy Spirit allows us to speak into these places of the world with hope and possibility, because we have faith where we have not yet seen. So we don’t lose heart, because we know that when we don’t have the full vision, God does. And we believe it.
So we do not lose heart.