In 2 Corinthians 4: 16 Paul states a fact that man often realizes too late in his Christian life. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” In our early adulthood we strive to achieve all the things the world has to offer but as we get older the physical things fail (our bodies as well) and we begin to see what is really important. For the Christian this means a refocus on the spiritual principles of love and grace. And this transformation in the life of a Christian is somewhat parallel to the difference between the Old and New Testament times. In the Old Testament there was life by means of following the law. In the New Testament times there is life more abundantly by means of grace. The difference, for those who have chosen it, is beyond words to describe. In the old way it was exciting to get a new toy or make a little more money or go see a famous person, all of which will eventually fade. In the abundant life Christ offers ‘as we are renewed inwardly day by day’ we are permanently encouraged by a son or daughter who says “thanks for everything” or by the hug from a grandchild or a thanks from a friend whose burden we shared. This joy in the abundant life comes from reaching out to others instead of focusing solely on our own achievements, and none of this is to even mention that the final reward is eternal life. And all of this is available to everyone that places his faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

But there is a price for this abundant life which is rest and joy and peace. It must be renewed ‘day by day’. It is only possible to those who maintain daily devotion and communication with the Lord. “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. This book shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night . . . then you will have good success”. Just as the eagle rises high above the earth by catching a gust of wind, even though he makes no real effort himself, we, as we are led by His word and the Holy Spirit (the wind), catch a gust that lifts us above the struggles and trials of this world and propels us into the peaceful, joyful abundant life in Christ.

 

Every morning mercies new

Fall as fresh as morning dew;

Every morning let us pay

Tribute with the early day . . . (Every Morning Mercies New)