Since through God’s mercy this ministry’s ours,
Bringing men righteousness through God’s great power,
We don’t lose heart but renounce shameful ways;
We don’t deceive but the truth plainly say.
To unbelievers our message is veiled;
They are made blind by the god of this world.
But God who said,
Let the dark turn to light,
Shined in our hearts with His glory so bright.
We are hard pressed on all sides but not crushed;
We are perplexed, but we never give up;
We’re persecuted but not left by God;
We are struck down, but we’re never destroyed.
We have this treasure in jars made of clay,
That God’s great power and not ours be displayed.
Within our bodies Christ’s death do we show,
That Jesus’ life in us now may be known.
We know we’ll be raised with Jesus one day;
Therefore, our trials do not cause dismay.
Though on the outside we’re wasting away,
Inwardly we are renewed day by day.
Our present troubles will soon pass away;
Eternal glory they’ll bring us some day.
We fix our eyes not on what we can see;
Only the unseen will eternal be.