How Far Will You Go? (Mark 2)

Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:4-5)

How far are you willing to go for a friend?  And do you believe that Jesus is the solution to all of life’s problems?  It’s one thing to believe that in theory, but it’s a completely different thing to put our theory into practice.

I love the story of the friends who were willing to interrupt Jesus’ teaching time to drop their paralyzed companion through the roof of home so Jesus could heal him.  Their friend had a problem: he was paralyzed.  They had a solution: take him to Jesus.  Unfortunately for them, the crowds got in their way and created no small problem.  But because they loved their friend so much and because they believed that Jesus both could and would do something about the paralysis, they went to extreme lengths to get their friend to Him.

The question that this raises for me is: do I believe that bringing my friends to Jesus is the solution to their problems?  And maybe an even bigger question is: what lengths will I go to to bring them to Him?  I think it’s fair to say that many (if not most) of us stop when the room is crowded and there’s no way in.

If it were up to me, that guy would still be paralyzed.  But these friends were committed to giving their friend what he needed regardless of how they might be viewed and regardless of the personal sacrifices required.  Do you have a friend who needs Jesus?  What might you do to introduce him or her to the One who can and will bring healing?

Father, so often I allow love of self to keep me from truly loving others enough to bring them to You.  Keep me from letting my own selfishness get in the way of allowing You to use me to bring others to You.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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