Who Have You Refreshed? by Kirk Hunt
The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
Paul was imprisoned in Pagan Rome. His only company, the rotation of Roman Praetorians chained to him. Onesiphorus shouldered his way into this difficult situation, and refreshed the Apostle.
Restoration is never an easy business. At times, it seems easier to start over from scratch. Men and women cannot be rebooted or restarted. You must meet them where they are and minister to them as they are.
Do not wait until you have some rare skill or unique capability. All you need is a sincere heart and an intention to leave someone better than you found them. You may have to shoulder past harsh-looking guards and circumstances to get there.
Perhaps you will need to lavish goods and services. More likely a kind word, followed by a silent but loving presence, means more than you can know. No matter what, show up and do your best to restore a soul.
Think: Who has God called you to refresh and restore?
Pray: “Father-God, help me to refresh and restore one of Your beloved children.
Copyright © March 2023, Kirk Hunt
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