Yesterday I was reading about the the paralytic man being healed from Mark 2. Here is the scripture from the Amplified Bible version.
1AND JESUS having returned to Capernaum, after some days it was rumored about that He was in the house [probably Peter’s].
2And so many people gathered together there that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word.
3Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men.
4And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had [a]scooped out an opening, they let down the [[b]thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay.
5And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him], He said to the paralyzed man, Son, your sins are forgiven [you] and put away [that is, the [c]penalty is remitted, the sense of guilt removed, and you are made upright and in right standing with God].
6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, holding a dialogue with themselves as they questioned in their hearts,
8And at once Jesus, becoming fully aware in His spirit that they thus debated within themselves, said to them, Why do you argue (debate, reason) about all this in your hearts?
10But that you may know positively and beyond a doubt that the Son of Man has right and authority and power on earth to forgive sins–He said to the paralyzed man,
11I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.
12And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and [h] recognized and praised and thanked God, saying,
We have never seen anything like this before!
The thing that struck me was when the men couldn’t get their friend to Jesus they found another way. They were determined to reach their Savior. The desperation of their friend became their determination. They put their faith into ACTION. They didn’t sit around and say, “oh that’s too hard, or I can’t get there from here, or he’s too heavy to carry to the roof.” They just did it. I want a faith like that.
I see this faith at OOTBWC and it amazes me, just as much today, as it did to them back then. People are hungering for Jesus and they are seeing, feeling and experiencing him in a new way. It isn’t anything we are doing-it is what GOD is doing through each of us. We are just being who we were made to be. God has put each of us in this place to do a job-just like these men who lowered their friend though the roof. God put them on the roof to get the job done. We are doing the same thing and people are meeting Jesus for the very first time. It is amazing to watch the transformation of the people who come through the doors. I’ve never experienced anything like it before. The desperation of the world should be our determination to get people to Jesus anyway we can.
Even if it means doing something different like digging through the roof!
You k now the old saying, ” GOT MILK?” Well today my saying is ” Got A SHOVEL?”
Every week I see people who are rising from their mats and are jumping for joy because they have found something they were missing. It’s like finding a hidden treasure in your closet-it’s been there-you just didn’t know where it was! The fun begins when you can be there to watch them open that treasure and embrace the gift that is inside. It is through the Life Groups that they begin to realize the gifts and talents that God has put inside of them and we are blessed by being able to build beautiful new friendships with them as they blossom and grow into God’s precious creation.
I stand amazed and I thank God for what he is doing through each of us as people are rising and picking up their mats…some are walking, some are running and some are jumping for joy!
I’m jumping with them-how about you?
Have a blessed day!