Luke 13:10-11 GNT
10 One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue.
11 A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
Question: Do you know everything that goes on at the church you attend? The person you sit by? The man/woman that you think has it all together?
I’m pretty sure you have answered “no” to at least one of the questions. In the past year, there have been homicides/suicides in the church at an alarming rate. Not to mention, some of these things involved the man or woman of God giving the sheep bread for the week. Many will never know what goes on when someone is suffering in silence, because simply no one knows someone is suffering.
Many, like the woman here, will still go to church, still put on the facade that everything is fine and still will leave church with the same thing they came in with. Many will lead praise and worship while wrestling with a demon. Many will pray while breaking down from a problem. Many will sing songs of strength while being weak. But the point of the matter is YOU will never know. You who thinks they are always smiling, you who says “it’s not my problem”, you who say “I have problems of my own”…you are the one that can say a word to bring them back. But your silence are pushing them over the edge.
We see them come in and take their seat, but instead of getting intimate with them we would rather give that fake smile, say “hi”, and then turn around with our nose in the air. I have learned (at an early age) if you ask someone “how are you” it will open up the lines of communication. Learn more about your environment and stop being selfish. Your getting can serve as a ministry to those that receive it.