Last week, I introduced you to my heroine; Tikvah! if you haven’t seen that post yet, you can find it here. It’s been weeks since I read her story intensively and I still can’t get over her. Maybe it’s because I know for a fact I wouldn’t have lasted that long. I wouldn’t have gone to Jesus, I would have been too afraid to leave my house even. She’s possesses character that I need, character that I crave. If I had faith like hers, I wouldn’t worry like I do now, I wouldn’t question God’s ability like I do sometimes, I wouldn’t hold back on demanding things that are rightfully mine as heir of His kingdom.
Today, I want to talk about the importance of sharing the gospel and the manner in which carry the message of Christ! Do we lead people in love or do we push them into fear? Do we preach the liberty in Christ or do we preach bondage? Do we carry Christianity as a lifestyle or do we present it as a religion? I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with Tikvah but I’d get into that real soon.
Let me just mention that I am about to tell the story with a twist to make it relatable for you to understand where I’m going with all of this. I’m in no way saying this is the exact manner the story happened.
So here she was, planning which new physician to go see about this condition. She heard about one a little out of town and he’s willing to see her during the earliest part of dawn too. She’s looking down at her money cloth she’s just untied and realized she wouldn’t even be able to afford it. Even if she could, what about the potions he’d give her for treatment, she would be out after payment for consultation. Let’s say she could afford it, she’d definitely die of hunger because this was literally her last. Right in the middle of her lamentations, her friend walks in, singing and screaming her name! Tikki! Tikki! At least one of them was having a good morning. Tikvah lifted her tired eyes at her and smiled weakly. She loved her friend, she came in to help with chores and errands when she could and even brought her food sometimes like today. ‘Tikvah, have you heard? Jesus is coming to town! You are going to be healed!‘ ‘Jesus??? Who is that?‘ Now this friend slumps herself on the ground and begins to tell Tikvah all she’d heard about this Jesus. With every testimony and story she told, Tikvah felt energy build up in her. This was it! This was who! She was going to be healed! She would have danced if she wasn’t so weak but her heart was very merry. From what she’s heard, even if she she would just touch the hem of his garment she would be healed.
My dad made a joke that if Tikvah had heard about Jesus from one of us, she wouldn’t have left her house that day. We may have told the testimony of Christ alright but right in there, there would be ‘ay but what if someone sees you? What if it didn’t work, now you’d have been exposed.. you’d definitely be banished now for touching such a pure man in your impure state’ hehe let’s be honest, that sounds like us! We believe that Jesus works wonders alright but we have also been programmed by the world to think on all the ‘what ifs’.
Tivkah’s journey to wholeness begun with a message about Jesus. Yes, Tikvah was hopeful and determined to be cured but the person’s testimony of Jesus fueled some more faith into her and made her risk it all to be healed. Imagine the person hadn’t told her of Jesus Now I need you to ask yourself, like I have been asking myself since I read that story, is that how I carry the gospel of Christ? Does my life and do my words tell the story of liberty, joy, peace, righteousness in the Holy Ghost or does it speak of religion and laws and bondage? When people in the world see me and hear me, do they see and hear the testimony of Christ in my life, does it move them to risk it all to follow Him, to be touched by Him, healed by Him?
When people in the world see me and hear me, do they see and hear the testimony of Christ in my life, does it move them to risk it all to follow Him, to be touched by Him, healed by Him?
When I read the verse 27 of Mark 5. I was stuck on ‘when she heard of Jesus’. When people of the world hear of Jesus from us in the kingdom, why aren’t they stirred up like Tikvah was. Whoever told her about Him was sure of herself. When she spoke to her, she doesn’t deliver maybes. She didn’t deliver doubt. For her to tell Tikvah about Jesus was her believing in His abilities herself. The testimony of Jesus spoke life into her enough for her to want to do this because looking at the times this was in, imagine a man recognized her before she got to Jesus! it would have been the end for her. She must have been so fired up that she looked past all the obstacles. Faith does that, it keeps us so focused on Christ and what He does and can do that we fail to see the limitations or obstacles the devil derives us into seeing.
Faith does that, it keeps us so focused on the end goal that we fail to see the limitations or obstacles the devil deceives us into seeing.
When was the last time I told someone about Jesus. When was the last time someone saw me and wondered why I seemed different. I just got a memory from university. I made a new friend in my final year and one day she walked to my room and said I want what you have. She said ‘there is a lightness in you’. She could tell that I didn’t have it all but I was content. She said I want that! I had just found Christ for myself. I was excited by Him, excited by scripture. I was full of peace and full of joy. Till date, I don’t know what she meant by she could see it but i know she gave her life to Christ because she was sold just like Tikvah was!
Imagine the people still living in fear, in shame, in bondage, in sickness because we as Christians are failing to present Christ the way He’s supposed to be presented. Imagine how many people have given up because we sold defeat to them. One thing I’ve realized about this walk with God is that people are silently watching. I know this because I’m silently watching people too so best believe that you may have sold defeat and disbelieve merely by the way you carry yourself. I want you for a moment to think about if Tikvah had met you. Do you really think she’d have been encouraged enough to go to Jesus? I know for a fact that if she had met me, she’d have stayed laying on her floor mat.
Reading that verse reminded me that we still have work to do and we cannot accomplish the work with the attitudes we have now. We walk around like we haven’t been liberated, like we are defeated, like the Blood holds no power, like His death and resurrection meant nothing, like He doesn’t heal, provide, protect, like He’s abandoned us. It’s in the way we walk, look, talk, the way we indulge ourselves in the pleasures of this world. It’s in the way we react to the word and respond to the world(i could be a rapper lol). It’s in the way we treat one another. Honestly, I look at my life right now and I wonder why on earth someone would want to be Christian, it looks like a total bore! Looks like we are forced to stay in it just to make it to heaven but that’s a total lie. When was the last time you shared a testimony of the goodness of God with a friend. When was the last time you read something in the Bible and excitedly messaged your friends about it. When was the last time you prayed with a someone for healing?
This walk is bigger than us and bigger than our feelings.
God hasn’t stopped healing, He hasn’t stopped providing, He hasn’t stopped being the good Father that He’s always been so He definitely isn’t the problem. I wrote this post as a wake up call for all of us dull or dead christians. This walk is bigger than us and bigger than our feelings. This walk is one full of life. Yes, there would be bumps in the road, yes we’d have some troubles but He already knew that and provided His Grace to cater for those moments. The struggle comes because we stop leaning on grace and try to lean on our own strengths. The struggles come because we stopped seeking Him and started seeking His( seriously guys, I could really do this rap thing).
Tikvah got healed because someone spoke about Jesus. Her 12 years of suffering and loss came to an end because the goodness and power of Christ was shared. You and I found this life because someone decided to obey God and preach the truth. Someone decided to look beyond the fact or the reality of the times they were in and give her hope. This walk is a selfless one. It’s one where all glory points to God. Where Christ is still the subject matter. Beyond whats happening in our lives, may we speak of His goodness. I wrote this to remind you that, someone somewhere is depending on you for their freedom. Someone somewhere is still experiencing their issue of blood because you haven’t told them about Jesus. I wrote this post to tell you that when we seek God first, all the other things you chase would be provided.
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