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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ____________________________________________________________________________________

Before diving into this week's blog, I want to give a little history on the scripture for this week.

2 Corinthians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul after he wrote 1 Corinthians, a book addressing the problems in the church in Corinth. These problems included immorality, marriage, factions, public worship and lawsuits. The reason Paul wrote this letter was to defend himself against any accusations from false teachers.

As for the message this week, I want to focus towards the end of his letter, when Paul states “I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you” (2 Co 12:14). Paul is expressing his concern for the Corinthians and attempting to offer them the most powerful gift, which is Christ Jesus. He is also attempting to persuade them how Jesus is working through him and that Jesus also lives inside of them.

Has anyone else ever felt this way before at some point in their lives? Have you ever tried to encourage others to receive and celebrate the love of Jesus that lives within each of us, but have fallen short or been shut down? I have and I know I am not alone. But I want to remind everyone that this will not look the same for each person. Maybe you are a more straight-shooter evangelist who dives right in, or maybe you are the type who waits for prime opportunities and slowly incorporates Jesus into the conversation. Whatever your style is, I encourage you to keep trying.

We can’t give up on trying to share the love of Jesus with everyone around us, even if we are striking out. We have read multiple times throughout the Bible that we are to spread the Word and be disciples to others, but yet sometimes we find ourselves doing this less and less because of external reasons. Another word for external is seen and can be found above in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. We focus too much on what is seen rather than what is unseen. In this case, the unseen is the eternal glory and power of God. If we can focus on this while sharing His love to others, there should be no reason to steer away from these opportunities. However, if we focus only on the seen, which is the fear of being rejected or turned away while sharing His love, then we will surely fall back into the same situation time after time.


My goal for this week is to remind everyone, myself included, that we are in a marathon. There are 26 mile markers that we encounter every time we run a marathon and we cannot avoid passing them. The only way to do this is by not finishing the race. The point being, no matter how fast or slow you decide to run it, you are going to be presented with an opportunity. Take it mile by mile and tackle that opportunity and then move onto the next one. Learn from it, build off of it, and remember each time that what we are furthering the Kingdom of God everytime we do.

Respectively,

Brandon Collier

“Be vulnerable. Be dedicated. Be strong.”

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