September 21, 2020
Holy Leftovers and Apple-Cinnamon Tea
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“Simply as a nursing mom cares for her youngsters, so we cared for you. As a result of we beloved you a lot, we had been delighted to share with you not solely the gospel of God however our lives as effectively.” 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-Eight (NIV)
I met Jesus over a cup of apple-cinnamon natural tea.
Oh, I don’t imply He and I sat down on the native espresso home and sipped on sizzling drinks bought with a buy-one-get-one coupon that was about to run out.
I imply that a cup of spiced tea — served to me by a believer with a coronary heart for hospitality in her oh-so-ordinary residence — was the means God used to attract me to Himself, setting in movement my non secular stroll of religion.
After I was a junior in highschool, a brand new household moved in throughout the road. Their white ranch-style home sat subsequent to the nation church that stood guard over the four-corner Midwestern intersection I referred to as residence. The mother and preacher’s spouse, Ms. Pat, made it her mission to get to know me.
She invited me to hang around at her residence after I completed my after-school actions. There wasn’t a fuss made. She didn’t pull out all of the stops to impress my teenaged self. She would pour me a steaming cup of apple-cinnamon tea and provide me a snack, usually long-established from leftovers.
At this home, I felt welcomed and secure. Which led to one thing much more essential: I felt beloved and recognized.
As our friendship grew, Ms. Pat advised me the gospel story. How Christ took my place on the cross, paying the penalty for my sin and buying my solution to heaven. My mom had advised me the story many instances earlier than. However up till that point, I saved Jesus conveniently closed up within the pages of the Bible on my shelf.
Ms. Pat began inviting me to church. Quickly I responded to the Spirit’s whispers and positioned my belief in Jesus at a youth group campfire one September evening. My life has by no means been the identical.
The New Testomony is stuffed with accounts of individuals coming to religion in Jesus. Within the guide of 1 Thessalonians, we discover an important reality about this phenomenon. The transformation of lives didn’t occur merely as a result of info about Jesus had been shared. A catalyst for conversion is present in 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-Eight the place the Apostle Paul writes in regards to the non secular progress of church members:
“Simply as a nursing mom cares for her youngsters, so we cared for you. As a result of we beloved you a lot, we had been delighted to share with you not solely the gospel of God however our lives as effectively.”
Did you catch it? Paul, and others who’d defined the gospel, didn’t simply share their phrases. They shared their lives as effectively.
Within the unique Greek language of the New Testomony, the phrase lives doesn’t simply point out day-to-day happenings. It goes additional. The phrase used, psuché, is derived from the foundation phrase psyxõ, which implies “to breathe, blow.”
Does it make you consider any English phrases? For those who guessed psyche or psychology, you’re right. This phrase encapsulates what we all know because the human soul (or psyche). It refers to 1’s distinctive persona or distinctive personhood. It’s who somebody is at their very core.
As we, just like the Apostle Paul, open our hearts, connecting our souls with one other’s by way of the sharing of life, we create a secure area the place the gospel could be displayed and God’s desk expanded. Others can come to know Christ by way of this straightforward soul sharing.
Even in the event you can’t host anybody in your house throughout this season of social distancing, God can nonetheless carry out miracles in a soul by way of a textual content dialog, a telephone name or a video chat.
Are you prepared to look at God work, fetching souls and knitting them to Himself? In that case, watch with keen anticipation for whomever God sends your manner and nevertheless He sends them.
Father, could I search to make use of my abnormal life to share the gospel with others, introducing them to You. In Jesus’ Title, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Peter 4:9, “Be hospitable to 1 one other with out complaining.” (CSB)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
In what manner might you utilize what God has given you to achieve out to somebody who doesn’t know Jesus? Write the title of 1 such individual in your calendar and make plans to achieve out to them quickly.
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