Don't Ever Give Up
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying (contrary to the things of God and decaying, ), our spirits are being renewed every day.” Emphasis mine. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)
Our bodies are fallen and decaying. They will never cooperate with us in serving and loving Jesus. Our flesh will never desire to do the things of God. But we have been given God’s Holy Spirit and the ability to be renewed (grow) more and more into the image and likeness of Jesus.
We are renewed by devoting ourselves to Jesus - His Word - having conversations with Him (praying) - hanging with other believers - going to church - youth group - finding opportunities to serve others - and sharing what Jesus has done in our lives.
Devote yourself to Jesus and you will experience His renewing power.
Living for Jesus is not easy. With Jesus' help we need to persevere. To quote the great coach Jim Valvano, "Don't give up, don't ever give up!"
Don’t give up! Instead, give yourself to those things just mentioned “every day.” You will be renewed inwardly (spirit being), and you will experience victory over your outwardly decaying self.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for your sacrifice for me on the cross and providing the Way by which I can get into heaven. Give me the strength to endure and pursue You in a greater way. Remind me that you have given me everything I need to renew my spirit and grow in You. Amen.