Being a Refreshing Christian

Bruce Hoffman

READ : 2 Timothy 1:8-18

He’s hardly known (his name appears twice in the New Testament), and his name is very difficult to pronounce (O/ne/sif’/or/us). The one thing we know about him was that he had a prison ministry. He ministered to Paul during his Roman imprisonment. Paul implies that Onesiphorus was like a cool breeze on a hot day . . . “he often refreshed me” (v. 16). What a beautiful statement to make about another person! When the prison warden told Paul that Onesiphorus had come to see him, the great apostle’s heart must have leaped for joy!

Why was Paul’s visitor so refreshing? We can only speculate. Perhaps it was the presence of another Christian who truly cared; or maybe Paul’s guest bathed his wounds so that physical misery was lessened. Whatever it was, the visit always made Paul feel better. Are you a refreshing Christian? Do you have an uplifting ministry of caring to an actual prisoner, or to someone homebound, or confined to a nursing home or hospital? After your visit, would the person you called on speak of your presence in a commendable way as did Paul of Onesiphorus? Refreshment given by Christians to others is desperately needed! To whom do you need to bring an uplift? Why not do it today!


Breathe on me, Breath of God; fill me with life anew, that I may love what Thou dost love and do what Thou wouldst do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.