Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
February 18, 2021
TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday…
…should be TGFE&E – Thank God for Everyday and Everything
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 1 Corinthians 4:7
Thankful for the Hope of the True Gospel
“because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,” Colossians 1:5-6
It must have been quite an interesting time to live during the century immediately after the resurrection of Jesus. During that century, brave men and women traveled all over the known world and shared the gospel with others.
Many of them knew that in doing so, they were likely risking their lives because some areas would take deep offense to hearing that the national pagan deities they worshiped were false gods, but in the midst of that reality, the Spirit of God was also preparing hearts and opening eyes to understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the truth.
In these verses, Paul reminded the Colossians that the gospel that had reached them was now being proclaimed all throughout the world, and great spiritual fruit was being produced as more and more people came to faith.
People throughout the world were learning what real hope truly is. The hope Christ supplies isn’t a wish or a possibility, it’s a guarantee. Through Him, we’re given the opportunity to live hopeful lives, and that hope isn’t extinguished by our changing circumstances. That’s a message the Lord wants this world to hear and embrace.
I’m grateful for every opportunity the Lord gives us in our generation to share the message of our hope in Christ as well. It can be argued that we have even more opportunity than the generations that came before us did.
I’m also grateful for others who are taking creative approaches to make the hope of the gospel known. You may be familiar with the ministry of Operation Christmas Child, and how that ministry sends shoe boxes of gifts to impoverished children, which also leads to opportunities to preach the gospel to these families.
They’ve been doing this for years, and just recently I actually heard of a young woman from the Philippines who saved the gifts she received from a young man in the United States. Those gifts were sent when they were children, but she reached out to him years later to thank him.
He responded, and not too long ago, they actually got married and now they have a child.
In every generation since the gospel was first preached, we have been given creative opportunities to make it known throughout the world.
How illogical would it be for you and me to be the recipients of the great hope of salvation, and then keep that hope to ourselves?
It wouldn’t make sense. I don’t know about you, but I’ll emotionally explode if I don’t tell others of this hope that excites me.
One More Thought
We don’t need a Title to be a Minister
Many people spend a lot of time praying for others to come to faith in Jesus. They also spend a lot of time praying that someone will tell the people they love about Him, but they doubt that the Lord could use them as that messenger because they don’t have a title, credentials, or superior education.
I would contend that there are some people in our lives that will only listen to us, and the titles and credentials of others might actually be a hindrance to them being willing to listen to someone else.
In your case, you might be the person who first plants the seed of the idea, or you might be the person who shares a personal application of how the hope of the gospel changed your heart.
You might be the last link in a chain of people who help lead someone to Christ, or you might be the first link.
But we don’t need a title to be a minster. We just need faith in Jesus, love for His people, the hope of the gospel, and the willingness to open our mouth wide enough to speak.
Lord, teach me to minister to others and share my story so they understand Your story. In the mighty name of Jesus, I Pray. Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God