‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.’ 2 Corinthians 4:16
Come on Paul are you serious? Wasting away. ‘Come and be a Christian and waste away!’ Yet there is a wonderful dynamic here at work. Life in the world is hard and in some ways being a Christian is harder. Therefore there can be the sense of wasting away. But this is only outwardly. We get worn down and tired out by the challenge of serving the Lord and giving of ourselves to follow our master.
Inwardly we are getting renewed by Jesus. But I just noticed- it flitted into my head in a coffee shop today- it is day by day we get renewed. As has often been said, God provides the grace on the day and not before. He does the work of the renewing as we travel. But he can’t renew us today for tomorrow’s troubles.
Elsewhere Paul says, endure hardship patiently. Promises of hardship and renewal.