People Need the Lord
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT)
This opioid crisis is all over America. Because people are empty, they are turning to anything that will provide a distraction. And so many are dying from overdoses and suicide, that it has actually driven down the life expectancy in the United States. We’re talking about wealthy people as well as poor people. And it’s not just folks who have faced traumatic experiences in war, for example, who are turning to opioids; or folks who have had to take painkillers for an injury and have then gotten hooked. Studies show that 70-80 percent of people are getting hooked on opioids because they are willing to do anything and take anything that will take away their despondency. It’s also what’s driving people to be so preoccupied with social media and texting and video games today. People want a distraction, an escape from their malaise.
The bottom line? People need the Lord! But Satan has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, telling them that all churches are full of hypocrites and cliques; that ministers are lying to people and robbing them. And they refuse to set foot in a house of worship. We have to ask God for wisdom and for opportunities to share Jesus with folks in our own sphere of influence—on our jobs, at our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our families. Let’s show concern for what they may be going through. Let’s invite them out for lunch and tell them how Jesus has helped us with our own battles and struggles. We don’t have to be concerned if the person doesn’t immediately receive what we are saying. Our part is to share the good news. One person sows the seed, the Bible says, and another waters it, but it is God who gives the increase.
There are people struggling with all kinds of things, especially in this holiday season when the lights and the festivities just seem to highlight the darkness and lack of joy in their lives. May the Lord use us to tell someone about Jesus, the greatest gift of all, at Christmastime and always.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.