Read Mark 2:2-12
The gospel of Mark is often referred to as the book of action. The book is written in such a way that it implies movement and progression and activity. This is definitely the case when it comes to the friends who helped their paralytic friend get some face time with Jesus. Notice what scripture says…
“And they came, bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four men.”
It’s safe to say that these four guys had an incredible amount of faith to think that if they could just get their paralyzed friend in front of Jesus that He would heal him. I wish that i could have been in the room when the conversation about getting their friend to Jesus first took place among these guys. I imagine one of the first things they did was strategize as to how exactly they were going to get there paralyzed friend to Jesus. And what they landed on was simply picking him up and carrying him there.
In our own lives, we need to have the willingness and the courage to carry our friends to Jesus. It is not enough for us to just wish and hope that our friends and family meet Christ, because the fact is, God placed you in their life to be the person who carries them to a place where they encounter the gospel. In fact if Jesus was relentless in His pursuit of us, shouldn’t we be relentless in pursuit of our friends and family for the gospel?
Jesus says it this way in the gospel of Mark….
Mark 16:15|”Go into all he world and preach the gospel to all of creation.”
Do you hear the urgency in Jesus’ voice here? Go….NOW! Get everyone you can in front of the gospel, by whatever means necessary. Even if you have to carry your friends and family there, even if you have to shoulder their burden, carry them to Jesus.
Take a moment now to ask God for the name of one friend or family member that you are going to commit to praying for and inviting to be your guest for Easter at Covenant. Write their name down somewhere you can see it and remember it throughout the week.
Pray that God gives you both the courage and the opportunity to invite them now.