Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4.16
All around us, there are signs of corruption, misuse of power, sickness, and sinful behavior. These situations are normal in a world that does not recognize God or recognizes him incorrectly. If we are waiting for the world to suddenly become righteous, we are fooling ourselves.
How should a Christian react to all of this? We should not despair. We need to refocus on what is important. The world has a need for the salvation that only Jesus can give to us. However, so many are unaware of this need. Perhaps they have never heard of the love that God has for them.
The Christian is no different from others in that our physical bodies are wearing away. The difference is in the fact that we have been born again through baptism and forgiven. We do not look for righteousness here. We are not citizens of this world. Our citizenship is in heaven.
Through God’s word, we have the ability and opportunity to renew our minds on a daily basis. Our inner person is renewed through reading and study of the Bible. There are so many who need this same experience. Despair is great in the world today. We have the answer. Are you sharing what you know? Are you sharing God’s love with others?