Our Young Adults Fellowship meets at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Round Table Pizza. They have the best bread sticks! We have a great group of young adults that are very active in the ministry here at Harvest. I really enjoy meeting with these guys and doing all that I can to encourage them on their journey.
Tonight, we will be talking about changes and fear. Young adults face all kinds of new things during this stage of their lives. I know that change is a part of every stage of our lives, but it seems to me a majority of life's changes come during these young adult years. New found independence, college, careers, marriage, buying homes, raising children, and so many other changes can seem overwhelming. Don't lose heart!
The Apostle Paul opens and closes 2 Corinthians chapter four with the encouraging words, "we do not lose heart". Between these two statements is a wealth of teaching for all believers, but tonight I want to encourage our young adults especially.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. (2 Corinthians 4:1 ESV)
- We are to renounce underhanded ways (vs 2)
- We are to live honest genuine lives (vs 2)
- We are to communicate the truth to those around us (vs 2)
- We are to live in a way that reveals the Glory of God (vs 3-4)
- We are to promote Christ and not ourselves (vs 5-6)
- We are to allow Christ to shine through our weakness (vs 7)
- We are to be confident in the face of difficulties (8-9)
- We must understand that through our trials we are constantly identifying ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior. (vs 10)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV)
Our "outer nature" is at times put to the test, but our "inner nature" is being renewed day by day. When we do not lose heart, and pursue God's will for our lives, he will renew us daily. Our strength will be increased by the Hand of God.
Two final thoughts from this chapter.
- Keep Perspective (vs 17). Whatever we are going through at the moment is just that, momentary. These difficulties also pale in comparison to what they are accomplishing in us. We mature and grow stronger through these life experiences. The things that we face today will be just a memories in a few short years unless we give in and allow our current trials to defeat us.
- Stay Focused on Eternal Things (vs 18) What really matters the most? The temporary or the eternal? Before we lose heart and give up, we must understand that the things we wrestle with are temporary.
Sorry for the lengthy post! Just fired up about this passage.