Would you step on someone’s behalf? Would you go to this length for someone else? Would you be willing to fight through a crowd, climb up on someone’s rooftop and cut a hole in the roof for the hope that they could be healed?
One of the greatest issues I see facing our society is our selfishness. You’ve heard me mention it before. But, it’s a plague. For most people who had heard of Jesus, their sole purpose in seeking him out was to meet some need that they had. But for these guys, they went to great lengths to seek Jesus on behalf of someone who needed him.
Would you be willing to do the same? Are you willing to lay down your own life and desires so that someone can come to Christ?
Now after some days, when he returned to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home. 2 So many gathered that there was no longer any room, not even by the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some people came bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 When they were not able to bring him in because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Jesus. Then, after tearing it out, they lowered the stretcher the paralytic was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the experts in the law were sitting there, turning these things over in their minds: 7 “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Now immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up, take your stretcher, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 12 And immediately the man stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Ask God to help us be more like Jesus, who went to the greatest length anyone can imagine – to lay down his life for us – so that we could be healed.
Ask God to give us the same tenacity as the men who did everything they could to bring someone to Jesus.
Who is there in your life who you need to show the same love for to bring them to Jesus?