A New Life

Christy Prins

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (v. 15)

Sukh Ram, a Hindu man with a young family, lived in the center of a dangerous city in India. The streets there felt like a war zone. Then, when Sukh Ram’s wife died, he was left to care for his two small children alone. He hoped for something better. Wanting safety and security for his children, he moved his family to a remote village many hours away. In this new home, Sukh Ram also found new life. Christians in the village welcomed Sukh Ram into their community, and Sukh Ram welcomed Christ into his heart.

“They introduced me to the gospel and to Words of Hope radio,” Sukh Ram explains. “They prayed with me and helped me overcome my past. Through answered prayers, I found peace, joy, and freedom from sin—that wasn’t possible with Hinduism.” Today, Sukh Ram goes by the name Prabhu Das, meaning “servant of God.” A new name, a new life, and a new hope granted by God through the testimony of a faithful community of his people.

In our reading today, we see Paul’s picture of the same thing: believers building each other up, and testifying to God’s work through the example of their lives. Sukh Ram met Christ through the care of his neighbors. He saw the kingdom of God through their welcome. This is the hope that Jesus offers all of us. Do your neighbors see this same testimony in your life? —Christy Prins, WOH staff

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to reflect the kingdom of God in our churches and communities. Amen.