The apostle Paul, nearing the end of his life and imprisoned in chains in Rome, wrote a letter to Timothy, a young pastor and friend in another city. Because of Paul's imprisonment, many people had deserted him. In this second letter to Timothy, he writes, "Do your best to come to me quickly...Only Luke is with me." (2 Timothy 4:9, 11).
Put yourself in Paul's shoes (or chains) and imagine what your thoughts and feelings might have been - deserted, abandoned, wondering. Now consider Timothy's response to Paul's letter. His heart moved with compassion for a dear friend so far away, wanting to rush to Paul's aid, yet needing to take care of his responsibilities. And then there's faithful Luke. Staying by Paul's side through thick and thin.
Who is your "Luke" - the one can you count on to be there no matter what? Who's counting on you to be their "Luke" today?
This Easter, remember that your life makes a significant difference to at least one somebody (and most likely many, many more). Your life really does matter - a lot. Somebody's depending on you. You may be the only one who reaches out and invites him or her to a service this Easter, where an encounter with the love and grace of God happens and life changes for the better, forever.Be willing to be somebody's only today!