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Our mission is to touch lives

OUR MISSION IS TO TOUCH LIVES- (LUKE. 4:38-44)

Take a brief look around those living around you or living with you, there are millions of souls that can be helped. There are those who can be touched with that little thing you can do.
✍️Take a little survey around those you may have come in contact with, many of them need your help, smiles, encouragement, and prayers.
Our sole function as Christians is to touch lives wherever we are and not to destroy or inflict pain on them. There are many who might be in need of just three statements from you or more. Some might be in need of just 30 minutes visit from us. There are some who might have already given up but your word of hope and encouragement might get them lifted again.
✍️Many sick ones need our prayers and help. There are those who are searching for a way to come out of the type of life they are living. Minute attention from you might be all they need.
✍️In the gospel of Luke 4:38-44, we see Jesus moving around touching lives, healing the sick, delivering those in bondage, and preaching the Good news. A look at the gospel indicates that He takes this task as part of him. Like Jesus, we also have the mission to touch lives wherever we are.

THERE ARE THOSE IN NEED OF YOU
After leaving the synagogue, Jesus went straight to Simon’s house because they begged him to heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus did not hesitate to do this. Like Jesus let us also make out time from our busy schedule and visit the sick, the suffering, the homeless, and those in need. Your encouragement and prayers only can be a source of healing to them. There are many who are homeless, some are in need of that food that you waste at home, instead of wasting, use it, and feed them.

NEVER GET TIRED
✍️Jesus would have loved to take a rest after a busy time all these while. From the temptation ground to Galilee, where He was rejected. He moved from there to Capernaum and had a busy time in the synagogue. This would have been a busy day, but when they approached him for the healing, He hearkened to their plea to heal the woman. He did not say “no, I am tired”.
✍️At sunset, many who were sick came to him, the bible did not tell us the number but the use of the Greek word hapantes hosoi ( ἅπαντες ὅσοι ) meaning all, everyone, as many as, indicates they were in great numbers, yet Jesus healed them all even by touching them one by one.
✍️ From there, He proceeded to the synagogues of Judaea. The truth is that Jesus can never be tired of touching lives. To be like Christ is to never get tired of touching souls. Like Jesus, we have to see this as part of our ministry and never get tired of doing it.

WE ALSO NEED HIS TOUCH .
✍️If Jesus can never get tired, even after He was attacked in His hometown, never think He can get tired of you. He is willing to heal and touch us again and again. There is no big problem beyond God to solve.
✍️Luke says that Simon’s mother inlaw has a high fever. The term Luke uses here for high fever is _Eshatha Tsemirta_ , which is a very high fever that requires a powerful remedy to solve but Jesus did that only through the spoken word. He is beyond every impossible situation.

THE STRENGTH TO SERVE
When Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law, the bible says, she woke up immediately and began to serve them. She did not only receive healing but strength to serve Jesus. When we are truly touched by Jesus, there is this burning desire and strength to serve and work for Him. Hence, we begin to serve not out of compulsion but from a willing strength. His touch makes us true servants who are willing to serve and touch souls.

NEVER STOP TOUCHING SOULS
There is something we need to point out today. When you read how Jesus was rejected and attacked in his hometown and how the people in Capernaum treated him, you will see a very big difference. His people rejected Him while others even fought to keep him. Always know that being rejected by a set of people is no sign that there are those who are not in need of what you can offer. If what we offer is for the salvation of souls, always know that there is somebody out there who might be in need of you.
Secondly, never allow people’s rejection or their negative attitude towards you stop you from doing any good work. Continue to touch souls despite the hatred, envy, and jealousy. The work we do is for God and not for anyone. Jesus would have left his hometown depressed, sad, worn out, and worried but despite that, He went about doing good. He did not allow their persecution to stop Him.
At Capernaum, many were rushing to Jesus to get healed. They saw something special in Him and they were drawn to him. Can our presence draw people to Christ or send them away? Can our presence heal or destroy souls? Can the actions we take as leaders, Christians, authorities, and political leaders save souls, heal broken souls, mend broken homes, or destroy them? When what we do chastise souls than heal them, then know we are still far from the mission.
Finally, be very careful also of those who flatter you. Did you see that only those who were shouting “Jesus the Messiah” are the demons. They came out shouting “You are the Son of God” but Jesus was not carried away by their praises. Jesus would have answered “Yesooo” am the son of God” or shout also in confirmation “tell them to hear” etc but He rebuked them. Never be carried away by the praises of people. Never do anything to be praised.
Truly there are people who will always encourage you, which is good. But whether you are encouraged or not, never stop. Never stop doing good whether good or bad.
May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to work for Him both in good times and in bad times. May you find unlimited strength in Him amen

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