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Mid-Week Meditation

May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of me (2 Timothy 1:16).

Apostle Paul was a man who was thankful to the Lord for people who assisted him in the ministry. Here in his epistle to Timothy he remembers a man named Onesiphorus for all that he meant to him while he was in Ephesus (2 Tim.1:18). The name Onesiphorus means ‘bringing profit’ and he lived up to his name by bringing the needed refreshment to Paul in his ministry. Ephesus was the city where Paul stayed the longest during his missionary journeys and yet it was also the city where Paul faced one of the worst oppositions as the whole city went into a riot on account of Paul according to Acts 19. Looks like during those tough days in Ephesus, Paul had the support of Onesiphorus who stood with him and refreshed him and never was ashamed of Paul. Onesiphorus had the spiritual gift of ‘showing mercy’ and he used his gift to refresh Paul. This is one of those least sought-after gifts yet in his last letter Paul wrote he remembered a man with the gift of ‘showing mercy’ and that’s the impact this gift could make. Those in leadership are able to lead only because there are some who are willing to give them the needed push and yet stand invisible without taking the limelight on themselves. Such people are a tremendous provision from the Lord and the kind of refreshment they bring to us could not be uttered by words and you will remember them just as Paul did. Every leader stands under the shadow of such selfless people who have the gift of ‘showing mercy’ and use it humbly by expecting nothing in return. They come in when you stand under pressure and just release you off the pressure, they come in like an angel of God when you have no clue of what do to. I had one such experience this week while in the middle of the night when I had no clue of what to do, suddenly the name of a young man in our Church came to my mind and all that I did was to give him a call in the odd hours of the night. He came as an angel there, and I stood there in the middle of the night and the wee hours seeing how silently and so quickly he did everything that was needed at that time and did it well. He was a healing balm for the hurting ones and refreshing water to the weary minds. I experienced how in the midst of a highly emotional and responsible moment someone could just bring refreshment to your heart and release you from all your pressures. I had such experiences even in the past through other wonderful people and this is the most recent one. My heart could only thank God for such provision of people in ministry under whose shadows I minister and lead. May God show mercy to such people for His word says, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy”(Matt.5:7). Can you remember someone who refreshed you in times of your need? Do you have people who are not ashamed of you but stand with you during the most needed hours? Mention their names before the Lord and be grateful to the Lord and seek God’s blessings upon their lives. 

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