The Inside Out Life

Today’s New Testament Reading from the Morning Office was 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

I like the notion in this that faith is an inside out thing. It starts with the inside.  No matter what is happening on the outside, no matter what is happening in your life, no matter what is happening today, faith starts inside.

Life starts inside.

I find in my own life, I pay more attention to the outside stuff.  I pay more attention to the things of this world, or to my fears, or to my hurts, my wants, my concerns.

I don’t pay enough attention to the soul.  To the life. To what matters.

No matter what happens today, life is at work in your. Through Jesus. Through the Spirit, life is at work in you.

Are you seeking it?  Are you listening to it?  Are you living inside out?  If we live outside in, where the external determines how our soul feels, we are in trouble.

If, though, our soul determines our external, we will find life, no matter what.  That’s what Paul tells us today. We are merely clay jars, that have this awesome life within.

Today, where is your life?  Today, what do you pay the most attention to? Today, what are you living for.  May we live the inside out life.

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