A young lady in my church, who hides behind a recliner to talk to her parent’s bible study group stands up with boldness in front of her class. The 15 year old shared with them why God should be allowed back into schools. She revealed students have a right to proclaim “Jesus is Lord”. She stood there in the power of the Holy Spirit as He enabled her. In her own might it would never happen, but she loves God and wants to be used by Him.
We are in full blown Christmas mode right now. This is the easiest time of the year to share “Jesus is Lord”. After all, Jesus is the reason for this season. People are hungry for truth and Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. All, who know “Jesus is Lord”, should be watching for opportunities to share their faith. Ready to give an answer to those searching. The Holy Spirit has been drawing them to God. Now we need to be asking the Holy Spirit to help us to be ready and bold, like the young lady in my church.
This holiday season give more than an earthly gift. Give the gift God gave us. His son Jesus. Share with all, why Jesus is the answer to their needs. Give a gift that hopefully no one returns.
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They’re all around you. They are hurting, discouraged, lost, or broken. Life has not been fair to them either through circumstances, or even perhaps by their own doing. Regardless, they still need a touch. There is nothing like the touch of another human being. A study was done some years ago and found that infants who were touched, held, cuddled had fewer health problems in the early years of their lives.
There are so many ways to touch someone. I heard a street beggar once say, “Even if you don’t want to help me at least acknowledge that I exist by looking at me!” Wow! So you see, a simple glance, or smile can touch a person’s life whether you know them or not. But for those you do know, you can do more. Encourage them with a spoken word, an unexpected hug, a note they will find later that expresses your love and appreciation of them.
One of the biggest keys to touching lives is seeing them, and being mindful of them. Sometimes they give you clues as to what they need from you. Sometimes it’s a shot in the dark, but an effort that misses the mark is still a message that says, “I know something’s wrong, and I care.”
When you look at others, and try to touch them in some way you will many times find that your own heart is touched. It’s a quick and easy investment in others, and it pays back in great dividends. I hope you will follow the One who first touched you, by touching others.