‘For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body’ (2 Cor 4:11).
In this most personal and honest of his letters, Paul reflects on the hardships he has undergone, and the emotional challenges that they bring. He neither gives in to a despair that denies God’s sovereignty and power nor reaches for an easy triumphalism that denies the painful reality he experiences. Rather, he locates his own difficulties—and ours—within the salvation life he has received through Jesus Christ. Here, he reminds the Corinthian believers that the new life they enjoy rests upon the death of their old, fleshly selves, without which God’s gift of the new life in Christ cannot be received. He echoes Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-35, and in turn these are echoed by the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
May you know the new life of the risen Christ revealed in and through you, whatever your circumstances.