In the New Testament stories of Jesus healing someone, he always brought the person being healed face to face with the one impossible thing in their life. For example in Matt 9:28 two blind men wanted sight. Jesus asked “Do you believe I am able to do this?” In response to their faith he touched them and they were able to do what they could not do – see! In another healing Jesus drove a demon out of a man who was mute, and the man was able to do what he could not do – speak (ibid 32-33).
It is also true that many are kept away from Christ by one thing: Pride of the eyes, lust of the flesh, or a habit; it is always one thing. If it were at all possible for all the fog to melt away that is about us and we could clearly see, and have a minute of real honesty with our friends, family, and co-workers who have never yielded to Christ, it would be found in every case there is one thing hindering a person from coming to Christ.
As an example remember Jesus spoke to the rich ruler and said, “One thing you lack.” Jesus pointed out the one thing that kept him from the Kingdom of God. The example makes my point, Jesus method is always that of bringing men and women face to face with the one thing that is the master paralysis of their life.
What is your one thing?
Some men brought a paralytic to Jesus to be healed, (Matt 9). Jesus said to the man, “Take courage son; your sins are forgiven,” (NASB). How does one have courage when facing a difficult situation? Is it by love? No, for love fails. Is it by hope? No, for hope fades as quickly as the day. Is it by faith? No, for faith fears, and falters.
Love fails, hope fades, and faith fears what then is the abiding condition for courage? It is this: A clear vision of Jesus Christ. You say you don’t a clear vision of Jesus, then leave off vision and have only Jesus Himself. I change, He changes not. My love ebbs and flows, his love never dies. My faith, my hope, my love are not the final conditions of real courage, but Jesus Christ himself is. All our fears, and all our panics result from a dimmed vision of Jesus; a dimmed consciousness of Christ. I believe the fears we face today result from a lack of the sense of His presence.
Oh, trembling, terrified, troubled souls look to your Lord Jesus Christ, and with eyes fastened upon Him listen to His words, “Be of good courage.” What does that means? When he says that, He means this: He puts himself between your soul and all the forces in hell and earth that may come against you, and He rebukes them, casts them out, and defeats them.
As a Christian we have questions. One of them is, considering the turmoil we live in, how can I be an inspiring Christian? Begin by realizing that turmoil is not new. For instance the Book of Daniel shows Daniel had his share of it. Two verses from chapter six show how he responded: “Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities” (3), and, “Three times a day got down on his knees and prayed giving thanks to his God” (10).
Do you want to be an inspiring Christian? Be a Daniel! Emulate him in every situation of your life. Whether you are in your home, with your family, a friend, a stranger, at work, or just walking in the park, be a Daniel! Wherever your feet take you, whatever you put your hand to, so distinguish yourself among others that you give glory God. Also, establish a habit of daily giving God your praise through the day, and do this despite whatever is going on around you.
Be a Daniel and you will inspire others with your Christianity. I’m reminded of a saying by Oswald Chambers, “Give your utmost for his highest.”
Giving My Utmost,