Last week, we looked at Paul's incredible zeal in his pursuit to know Jesus more deeply. He kept this as his sole focus. This sort of thing can be easier to do when life is comfortable, but life isn't always comfortable. Paul's life certainly wasn't always comfortable (2 Corinthians 11:16-33). This week we take a look at Paul's reasons to earnestly follow Jesus when life is difficult.
He reminds us that we're fragile, but that there is a reason we're fragile. We are fragile so our lives can demonstrate the excellence of the power of God.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
He reminds us, in the midst of whatever our current affliction, that we have a reason to hope.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison... 2 Corinthians 4:17
He reminds us that while we live, there is a reason—to live as ambassadors of Christ.
- Who have you known that lived like they knew these reasons to follow Jesus? How has their unwavering pursuit of Jesus in the midst of hardship inspired you?
- How can we encourage each other to keep our attention on Jesus and eternity instead of letting it drift towards our present and momentary afflictions?