Change from the Inside Out

Luke 21:1-4

“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'”

Life could feel strange sometimes with all its ups and downs and the many unexpected turning of events. Maybe that’s why there’s the saying, “C’est la vie” (this is life). It’s easy to sing Hallelujah and praise the Lord when things are going really well, but much harder for many of us when things are tough, when sorrow and pain feel like an overwhelming wave that’s about to swallow you up alive.

The good news is that reality is more than what our eyes can see. When things are hard, the Lord hears our cry and answers from His holy mountain (Psalm 3:4, 18:6). Even when we don’t seem to see any change in our situation, the Lord is at work to deliver us, through which process He makes us more like Christ as He endures the greatest suffering to save us from our sins. The Lord works through the Holy Spirit to renew our mind day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16), leading us to the humble state where we could sing with peace and joy, “Lord, I do not have much strength left, but with the little strength that I have, I will worship you. May Your Name be glorified!”

He changes us from inside out, equipping us to look beyond what meets the eye, and see the invisible reality where Jesus sits on the throne and welcomes us in.

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