For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man . . .–Ephesians 3:14-16 (NKJV)

I don’t mean to sound depressing or discouraging, but we’re all in the slow yet steady process of dying. When we look in the mirror each morning, we see deterioration and decline, and we know it. We’ll brush, wash, scrub, shave, deodorize, and even exfoliate in our ongoing efforts to disguise our decay and appear presentable. And no matter how good we might make ourselves look today, we’ll need to do it all over again tomorrow. Our bodies are dying daily, and there’s no way to escape it.

But there’s a more powerful component to our lives, something that’s headed in the opposite direction as our bodies. The Bible presents us with the truth that believers in Christ have something else, an inner self, which isn’t in the process of dying but is actually being made more and more alive each day:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV)

The inward man is the spiritual component of our being, that part of us that connects to God and receives His gift of eternal life. When our outer bodies have died and been buried, our inner man will be in an eternal state of rejoicing and praising the Lord of Glory.

In praying for the church at Ephesus, Paul asked God to grant them spiritual strength in the inner man. He knew their worth wasn’t wrapped up in their outward bodies, which were in the process of perishing, but rather, their true value was in who they were becoming on the inside. The same holds true for us. It isn’t the outer man but the inner man, the spiritual component of who we are, that’s valuable.