Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Mission: to make Jesus known
“And Paul replied whether short or long my prayer to God is that you and all the rest of you that who are listening to me today might become what I am expect, of course for these chains” (26:29)
Apostle Paul had only one mission in his entire life after encountering Jesus at the gate of Damascus. His intention was to make Jesus known to all. He dedicated himself completely to that objective. His life meant nothing to him as long as he served this new purpose. " For what is Life?, to me it is Christ. Death then will bring more." Philippians 1: 21.
In the above passage Paul was treated as a criminal and was imprisoned for his beliefs. Soldiers guarded him day and night. But he was not afraid to any of them. He instead used this as an opportunity to preach and witness Jesus to them. He even testified the Lord to the higher authority of that country. He admonished them to repent your sin, believe in Jesus and confess their sins so they could receive salvation. Many of the soldiers received in Christ into their life through their encounter with Apostle Paul and the teachings of Christ.
Paul preached about Jesus and salvation where ever he went. "I have complete confidence in the gospel” It is God's power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles." Romans 12: 16. Regardless of his situation Paul used any opportunity he had to share with others.
Let us examine ourselves and take account of whether we are willing share Jesus to others in our daily lives. Do we testify of God's grace to our neighbors?, To our co-workers? When you become sick or fall in an accident or one of our loved one was passed away or any other difficult situation we encounter in our life, are we still willing to share Jesus' love with others?. As a Christian, it is our responsibility to share this good news to others and bring them to the hope of salvation. We must take every opportunity to extol Lord Jesus before others.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace regardless of the situation I am in to be able to share the joy of your salvation to your creation. Amen.
Thought for the day: Take every opportunity to share Jesus to others
Theme of the week: Mission: to make Jesus known
M.C.Alexander, New Jersey Mar Thoma Church, Randolph, New Jersey