Shine Jesus Shine
by Jane Smith
20 May 2021
First published on 4/6/2020. We continue to publish new thoughts but hope you will find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some we have published previously.
2 Corinthians 4:6-15
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
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Let us pray
Heavenly Father, although there are many things that are happening in my life that I do not understand I thank you that you are in control and that the eternal Spirit is resident within me. Thank you that although I may be afflicted and perplexed, I will not be crushed to despair knowing that in Christ the victory is already won.
As we continue through the current difficulties let us try to make sure that anyone we pass on a walk, talk to over the garden fence or are served by in a shop, can see the light of Jesus shine out of the darkness through us, our words and our actions.