Jesus Is the Cure
“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee.” Acts 3:6
Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the amount of need I see in the world. In my job as a university professor, I work with many students who are struggling to make it through school, even as they balance jobs and families—many as single parents. It is important to me to be able to empower students with the blessing of an education. Most days, however, I am keenly aware that greater knowledge and a better paycheck are not enough to meet anyone’s deepest needs.
For example, last week, I had a student burst into tears while contemplating an essay assignment. The question was, “What experience has caused you to grow?” When I asked her what was wrong, she opened the floodgates of a heart and home broken by a husband’s betrayal.
Another student came into my office to explain why he had to miss class. Turns out his daughter was in prison, his wife was undergoing treatment for breast cancer in another city and his young grandkids had just moved in with him. Oh yeah, and he lost his job because of a layoff.
How I wish that I could fix these problems. I wish I had enough money to provide real relief. Something wise to say that would stop the tears, make everything better. Every once in a while, I have a few extra dollars, or I am able to share a word that seems to shed some light. But the truth is that I have nothing in myself—really—to offer hurting people. Education won’t do it. Money won’t. Friendship, encouragement—these are good but not ends in themselves. In the end they, too, come up lacking.
The one thing you and I have to offer a hurting world—and the one person we need when we are hurting—is Jesus. He’s the healer, the provider, the answer, the cure for everything that ails the world.
FAITH STEP: How can you share Jesus today? Here are some ideas: listen with His ears, extend His hug, see with His eyes, pray with someone, speak what He has spoken to your heart.
Written by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
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