“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:18-20 NIV
It says clearly that we should encourage people to pray with all kinds of prayers on all occasions. This is why I don’t understand why Christians keep their troubles, sicknesses, and needs to themselves. If you can’t share to others about a sickness that you need to be cured from, then how can you share your faith story about a man that other people can’t see.
This is a problem with Christians, is that a lot, not all Christians want to keep everything silent about their past mistakes, past relationships, past or current medical issues. Where in the Bible does it say to stay silent about your faith or to stay silent about your issues. This goes against everything Jesus tells us and what we read about with different healing situations, releasing demons out of people, or providing needs that others are seeking.
The man needed healing that couldn’t walk where a large crowd was making it impossible for him to get to Jesus for healing. Do you think they used a microphone to get Jesus’ attention or maybe used Facebook messenger to send Jesus a message to help clear the crowd for them to get to Jesus.
His friends made their way through a crowd to find Jesus so He might be able to perform a miracle for their friend. Even after they made their way to Jesus the crowds were to large because everyone was there to see Jesus along with the Pharisees mocking Him. Without a lot of resources his friends figured out a way to lower their paralyzed friend into a house. They also figured out a way to get Jesus their before the crowds could get in the way.
While Jesus is performing miracles not in the common way but in the name of Father, their are hundreds of people witnessing this miracle take place. So many lives are changed besides the man that was paralyzed. People were standing in shock when the man got up and walked, people were changed by conversations taking place while the miracle was taken place, and remember the life that was changed the most, that’s right Nicademus.
He was silent at first but then became one of Jesus’ closest followers and friends because he saw and believed. When you don’t want others to know your real, raw story, real issues, or current illnesses because it could affect your pocket, your future pocket, or families pocket one day. My question is, think about all the people that could be changed by you being real. If one person or even thousands of people lives were changed it would be worth it. That is why I shared some of my story through Covid-19 and past kidney cancer surgery all within a month because it might inspire one person or hundreds.
It does not matter how many because that is what Jesus calls us to do, yes share our stories and experiences. I personally believe it selfish to keep everything to yourself if you call yourself a Christian, as even introverts get excited about sharing their experiences because they are so excited about what Jesus has done. You might not agree with me on this stance, which is fine. My response would be, when was the last time you helped navigate someone to give their life over to Jesus. Your reply will probably be about how you helped a man or woman at the gas station by giving them money. You didn’t change their life, you gave them a band-aid for their problem.
A lot of Christians don’t know how to share their real, raw story and that is because they were not taught, condemned for mistakes, were told not to by their families, or do not want to lose so called relationships. One reason the world is in chaos is because believers of Jesus are hiding in the woods not wanting to take a stand. Remember it’s your story and your money but they eventually end. Stories are always remembered because they do not cost a penny, but could be worth a million dollars to someone.