Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.
Today’s reading (Mark 2) opens with a familiar story where a paralytic is brought to Christ to be healed. There was a man that for some reason was not able to walk. He had four friends that strongly desired to bring him to Jesus. But the house he was preaching and teaching in was too full for them to get in. So they got innovative. They climbed up on the roof, cut a hole in it, and lowered their friend down to meet Jesus. (I wander what people thought was taking place when they heard all of the racket above them, and just how did Jesus continue teaching?) Jesus saw this man’s needs and took care of them. First he forgave him of his sins and second he healed his paralysis.
This man had four great friends. They saw the hurt and need in their friends life and they took maters into their own hands. They knew that he needed Jesus in his life and they accomplished the task. How many friends, family, co-workers, and associates do you have that desperately need Jesus? Are you willing to strive at everything so that you can bring them to him? Would you take the measures that these men did? This is definitely something we must ask ourselves, because, we as Christians are to make disciples and be salt and light.