Read Mark 2:2-12
The Bible isn’t specific as to how far these men traveled carrying theIR friend, but Mark is clear in telling us that they did indeed carry their friend to the place where Jesus was. And if carrying their paralyzed friend to Jesus wasn’t enough, notice what scripture tells us next…
“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…”
So even after they had carried their friend all the way to the place where Jesus was, they still couldn’t get close, so what did they do? These friends didn’t give up, they literally crawled on top of a roof, tore a hole in the top and then lowered their friend down on a bed in the middle of the room where Jesus was. Notice the progression of what this scripture teaches us about these men and their desire to get their friend in front of Jesus.
Often times in our own lives we hope that somehow and in some way that our friends will just happen to one day meet Jesus. But have you ever considered that God placed your friends in your life to be the conduit to them meeting Jesus? Oftentimes we believe that if our friends had an encounter with Jesus that they would be changed forever, but if this is the case, why then do we stop at the first obstacle? When it comes down to it, are we willing to take our faith and put it into action even and especially when there is an obstacle to bringing our friends to Jesus?
Take a moment to think about the friend or family member you prayed for in the previous days devotional. RE-write their name.
Right now commit to making a strategy regardless of any obstacles, as to how you are going to get this person in front of the gospel. Have the faith to commit this person to prayer, and ask that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to say and the courage to invite them to be your guest on Easter Sunday at Covenant.