Make a Way for the One: Week 3 - Day 2
Open my eyes, Lord, to the truths and purpose in this story. Thank you for the plan you have for my time on earth.
Read: Mark 2:4 (ESV)
“And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.”
Have you ever run into a challenge and thought to yourself, “desperate times call for desperate measures”? We start troubleshooting, thinking of every potential way through the problem. Some of our ideas may even sound crazy to us!
Such was the dilemma of the four friends trying to get their paralyzed friend in front of Jesus. The crowds were thick, all clamoring to see Him. No way were they going to be able to push this stretcher through all those people. So they discussed a little “re-engineering” of the roof and removed a section so they could lower their friend right to Jesus. Can you imagine what the homeowner was thinking when he saw what they had done?! (“Who’s going to pay that repair bill?”) But desperate times call for desperate measures, and they were bound and determined Jesus was the only way this friend would be healed. Oh, that we would all have friends who showed up big for us like that!
Today, think of that one who desperately needs Jesus…that friend who is lost in sin, that friend who wouldn’t go to paradise if they died today. What is the barrier that’s keeping you from sharing Jesus with them? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage to break down that barrier, and to move forward in helping your friend who desperately needs a Savior. Someone shared with you once upon a time…now it’s your turn to lower that friend on a stretcher in front of Jesus.
Father, please help me to have a passion for reaching your lost creations. Help me not to see barriers but to see opportunities to share Jesus with them so that the lost can be found and restored to you. Thank you for the purpose you’ve given to me on this earth. I praise you!