Sometimes, I hear people talk about the so-called fountain of youth, this legendary spring that if a person were to partake of his youth would be restored. Of course, there is no such place, but the desire to perpetuate our youth lives on. Some people go on extreme diets, pay exorbitant amounts of money for radical cosmetic surgeries and the like to try to stay young. Eventually, we will all lose the battle against the aging process. On the other hand, there is a way by which we who have accepted Christ as our Savior can remain young and vibrant throughout our days. In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul the apostle makes a profound statement. He says, "Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day"Â€ (2 Corinthians 4:16). This verse acknowledges that while our physical body will age with time, on the inside can be renewed daily. In the preceding verses, Paul discussed the persecution and trouble that were commonplace for them as they served the Lord. He said they were delivered to death for Christ's sake so that the life of Christ might be manifested in their mortal flesh (see verse 11). Paul's discussion of these sufferings provides the proper context for the verse I quoted above. And I submit to you that when we commit our lives to serving the Lord in a similar way, we too will experience this daily renewal of our inner man. I have seen the truth of what Paul is sharing here in the lives of a couple of church deacons when I was just starting my Christian walk. These men were very passionate for God. The amazing thing about them is that as they got older, and their footsteps got shorter, their passion for God did not wane. That fire for God remained in their belly. Though their outward man perished with time, yet their inward man remained strong. When I began preaching almost 30 years ago, one of the things that bothered me was the thought of making good on my calling for the rest of my life. At the time, I was only 25 years old. What if after doing this for the next 10 years, I lose my passion for the gospel ministry? The problem was that I did not know about this spiritual truth that I am now sharing. I now know that when I yield my vessel to serve the Lord, and commit myself to enduring hardness as a good soldier, He restores me daily. I am not physically as young as I was back then, but the inner person that Christ made anew 30 years ago has not aged a bit! In fact, I am more committed to and passionate about Him today than I have ever been before. It's important for us to note that not every Christian experiences this daily renewal of his inner being. Rather, this mystery is reserved for those of us who commit ourselves to serving Him faithfully, no matter what the challenges of life are. You see, God's objective is that we minister in His strength and not our own. So He is faithful to supply the wherewithal for us to do what He has called us to do. The virtue He puts on the inside of us is fresh and new each day, keeping us strong and vibrant all the days of our life. Frank King
Brother Frank, we are renewed daily to be more like Christ, who is eternal and has an eternal outlook for eternity. He alone will give us passion for His works and His Gospel and He will help us guard them to the end of our life.
Our God is eternal, our love for God is eternal and the life we have in Heaven is eternal, how can we ever grow old? Thank God for the youth He has given to us for eternity. [img]http://smileyicons.net/s/779.gif[/img] [img]http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/verkleidung066.gif[/img]
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We got preached this similar message this morning-beginning in 2 Peter 1:1-11. Vitality! We have the Living Waters! Renewal! Thanks for sharing Brother Frank and your prayers and may you be Blessed richly! Dave
Frank, this is a very encouraging blog. Like you, I have known a few of those very committed people. Some were poor, had few possessions, health problems in latter years, but their fervor for their Lord Jesus and God never seemed to fade. A dear pastor and friend shared with me, as he learned that his heart condition was such that he would have to stop pastoring full time, he got emotional, and said, "I only wish I could have done more for my LORD". We will be the same.
He is resting now, from his labors. Jesus gave us an urgency as we share our faith together. Like a vapor, this life as we know it, will soon be over, we need to stay focused. Thanks for your message. God Bless Brother, Billy.