Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
In this verse the Apostle Paul draws attention to the difference between our physical and spiritual presence.
Outwardly we are ‘wasting away’ – we are wearing down or out, our bodies follow the natural process of aging and weaken.
One of the key characteristics I appreciate about Paul is that he is direct and straight with his audience and us.
He doesn’t pull any punches in his assessment of us but, likewise, he then takes us to the other end of the scale, and both can be difficult to digest or come to terms with.
Inwardly – esó – that which is within, the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, is being renewed – anakainoó.
This is the only occurrence of anakainoó in the New Testament, and probably the best way to understand it is with the word ‘renovate’.
Whilst the exterior of us maybe be getting a little more aged and weather worn, inside – the spiritual connection with God – is being renovated – improved, updated, tidied up – day by day!
When times are tough, or our circumstances wear us down, remember that God is always with us and whilst we maybe focused on the outward situation, we are being renovated – adapted, changed, improved – on the inside to match the difficulty.