Glorieta Camps is a fascinating place to be throughout the changing seasons. It is almost as if the seasons change the whole identity of the property. During the summer, the lake is the center of activity at camp and is usually full of people, but during the winter it turns into a frozen ice rink. During the summer, the chapel is filled with thousands of students praising Jesus, but during the winter, the chapel rests quietly, patiently expecting to be filled with the songs of the saints again.
In the changes, there is the constant anticipation of those seasons of ministry, and then patiently resting when they are finished. This change, this transformation is exactly how God wants us to live in our daily lives. Always pushing forward. Always changing– to be more like Jesus.
Do Not Lose Heart
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul talks of this transformation in our lives:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul encourages us to not lose heart. He reminds us that, though outwardly we suffer, we are being renewed daily inwardly by Jesus. Paul uses language brilliantly here when comparing our struggles here on Earth with the future glory that awaits us. He calls our affliction light and momentary. He calls our glory weighty and eternal. When describing this glory he even uses the word exceeding twice in the original language. He emphatically describes this glory that awaits us as “exceedingly exceeding” our current struggles and afflictions.
But how do we move our focus from our outward struggles to our inward renewal? By simply dwelling on the things which are not seen. Paul concludes this section with the idea that we are to move our gaze from the temporal things around us to the eternal things which reside inside all of us.
Shifting our focus to hope, instead of loss. Focusing on peace, instead of the turmoil in our world. Focusing on love, instead of the differences between us all. Focusing on our calling, instead of our comfort. Every day we are being renewed by Jesus inwardly, thus we are constantly changing and transforming.
Just as camp changes throughout the seasons of each year, so our hearts change as we pass through seasons. Seasons of struggle, seasons of joy. Seasons of pain, seasons of laughter. Seasons of growth, seasons of rest. Seasons of searching, seasons of focus. No matter what season we are in, Jesus is constantly renewing us inwardly to become more like Him.
- Find a quiet place this week. Whether that be in your home or in your car or out on a hike, find a place where you can rest quietly for a few minutes. Read a piece of Scripture about Jesus and focus on how Jesus has transformed your life over the past year.
- Memorize what Jesus said, even if it’s just a few words. Let His words sink into your soul. As you go about your normal routine and schedule, continually recite those precious words of Jesus to yourself and thank Him for changing you inwardly.
- Ask a friend where they have seen God in you over the last year.
- Write down 20 times God has been in your life this last year. Did something change? Have you seen growth? Is God bringing something new in your life?
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