Paralyzed Man - Part 4

OPENING PRAYER

 Jesus, let me see the importance of cooperation among your followers.

 

READ: MARK 2:3-5 (NIV)

[3]Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. [4]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. [5]When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

 

 REFLECT

 A child strayed out into the corn field surrounding his family's farm house. The corn was tall, the rows were narrow, and the late September sun made the air in the rows hot and stifling. A very dangerous and deadly set of circumstances.

The family frantically began calling out the child's name hoping he would hear them and shout back so they would have some idea where the lost child was. But their calls were unanswered. They weren't sure how long the lad could survive in the sweltering, steamy cornfield.

The word spread to neighbors. They came to help, but the boy remained lost.

Someone suggested that they join hands and walk through the field, covering every inch of the field.  With great joy, they found him deep in the cornfield.

This is what the paralyzed man’s friends did.  They worked together to get to Jesus.   It wasn’t easy or glamorous; but it was effective.               '               '              .

 

APPLY

Who can you join hands with to find and rescue somebody, today?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord, show me how to work with others to seek and find the lost.