Live to Testify
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
─ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV
Lazarus became well known after Jesus miraculously raised him from the grave, despite the fact that he had spent four days dead and buried. Jewish leaders quickly made him the second most wanted man in Judea. (Jesus being the first, of course!) They placed Lazarus on their hitlist simply for telling others about Jesus’ astounding authority over death and the grave, evidenced by his own incredible resurrection.
Imagine the exhilaration of having the story Lazarus had, but living with the constant threat of death hanging over his head. Lazarus fled Judea to the island of Cyprus to escape death threats. Paul and Barnabas appointed him to the position of first bishop and he served the church and lived out his life for thirty more years. He died and was buried once again.
Lazarus boldly shared his story of all Jesus had done for him even though to do so meant he had to live his life in constant persecution. His testimony greatly impacted the lives of those around him. What a remarkable encouragement to us to boldly proclaim God’s goodness in our lives every day.
Today’s One Thing
Read Lazarus’ story today in John chapters 11 and 12:1-10 and let it encourage you to share your own story with others. Even if our stories aren’t like Lazarus’, we still can have an impact on others in our lives. You never know the power your story may hold.