Bring others too
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. Mark 2:3
Do you have friends, loved ones or neighbors that don’t have Jesus in their life? Maybe you have tried to share with them the love of God but have never gotten through? Maybe you are afraid or intimidated to share the message of salvation with them? Can I just encourage you today that it doesn’t have to be hard? Simply start bringing them along.
You influence as a believer is strengthened as your relationships do. When you bring others along with you, it is your greatest witness. Its not about forcing them to listen to the truth of God’s love and goodness, it is just about loving them in His place until He gets through to them. Whether you take someone to run errands with you or invite them in for dinner? It is more about spending time showing them they are important and worth whatever effort it takes to get the message into their heart.
In today’s reading, there are four friends that bring a man to Jesus. He was paralyzed and in need of healing and salvation. The friends didn’t stop when they couldn’t get the man to Jesus, they pressed on and found a way in. They cared so much for each other that they were willing to do whatever it took to get him to his deliverance.
Today I want to encourage you to love those around you by bringing them along in life with you. Whatever you have going on, bring others along too. As your love for them comes through, they will see that because they are important to you, they are important to God. Bring all those who need the Savior with you one at a time. You will fulfill the mission you were given in this world and you will bring many more into His kingdom that might not have made it otherwise.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 2:1-12
1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?
10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,
11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”