As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Galatians 4:13-14 (NIV).
Opportunities abound every day to share Jesus in our lives, mainly through things we say and do. I’ve talked here about driving for Lyft, where I get many opportunities to talk about faith. That surprises me, because I don’t do it because I represent Lyft. I respond when people bring up the subject and begin to share. Believe me, there are many who do.
Maybe that’s because we’re all a little sick, a little bit ill. Maybe they realize it. I do; how about you? We all need some healing, and the healing we need can only come from Jesus. It’s our deepest need. I firmly believe that our deepest need isn’t significance, or to be noticed, or even to be loved. Our deepest need as people is to be loved, noticed, and significant by our Creator.
Obviously the difference is the Creator, but let’s be real: most people don’t know or don’t care about that difference. Christianity isn’t the most prominent belief on this planet. Vastly more people on Earth don’t believe in Jesus than do. That means that most of the people on Earth daily, regularly, perhaps unknowingly deny their deepest need.
When Paul first went to Galatia, he was (or became) ill. He was forced to fully rely on the kindness of strangers. In doing so, he helped satisfy their greatest need: one they may not have even know they had. He preached the Gospel to them while he was sick, then while he recuperated. Paul lived it. It was an unexpected opportunity and the kind of thing around which Paul oriented his life after Jesus remade him on the road to Damascus. Sharing the Lord became Paul’s highest service, including when he was sick, even on his deathbed.
You and me, we live in the most prosperous age the world has ever known. Even with wars, poverty, and so many problems, our time in history is replete with wealth, capabilities, liberty, and access to information at levels never seen by humanity. Those things are also opportunities: opportunities to witness to others. Maybe we don’t have the kind of evangelistic mission Paul had; maybe we do. No matter, we each get the opportunity to simply live out faith in the risen Lord through what we say and do. Be honest with yourself: What kind of witness are we? Are you living to meet others’ needs?
For further reading: Matthew 10:40, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Galatians 4:15
Heavenly Father, forgive my failures, renew me with Your strength, and help me to better witness for you today.
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