Only the Beginning

John Koedyker

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:15-24

He [God] anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (vv. 21-22 NIV)

Paul certainly had his hardships in pursuit of his ministry. In 2 Corinthians he reveals more of what his life as an apostle entailed than in any other letter. But his faith gave him a bright attitude and made him confident of what God would do for him and through him.

One of the great things about the Christian life is that it begins with good news and leads to even better! As someone said to me many years ago, “John, don’t worry. God has your best interests at heart.”

If you are experiencing God’s blessings and guidance now, be assured that it will only get better! God “anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” What we experience now is only the beginning. The Holy Spirit is just a down payment. God has even better things in store for us.

As Jonathan Edwards said, all the good things we enjoy here are “streams, but God is the ocean; these are but scattered beams, but God is the sun” (The Christian Pilgrim).

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for joys both temporal and eternal!