‘Arise, take up your bed…’ Mark 2:9 NKJV
They came to Him, bringing a paralytic, who was carried by four men. 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. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic: ‘Arise, take up your bed…’ (Mark 2:9 NKJV) We learn from this man’s story that some people are incapable of getting to Jesus on their own; their condition makes it impossible. Notice two important things here: (1) When you’re weak or low in faith, gather others around you to encourage you in the Word and to lend a helping hand because fellowsip is important for us. ‘And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.’ (Acts 2:42-43 ESV) (2) They didn’t let the crowd stop them from reaching Jesus, it took some effort, a degree of difficulty and a measure of ‘chutzpah’ (boldness), but they didn’t quit. Jesus didn’t disappoint them, and He won’t disappoint you either. Don’t give in to weariness or discouragement, don’t stop until you get them to Jesus.
SoulFood: Hos 11-14, Luke 20:9-26, Ps 55:1-11, Prov 8:17-18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015