Tuesday, September 17
3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 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.
Today’s scripture reference is one the more well known accounts in the Bible. In most cases, when it’s preached or taught upon it’s done from the perspective of the four men who were carrying the paralytic to Jesus. The reference can be used to teach on everything from friendship to faith. But, have you ever taken the time to look at it from the perspective of the paralytic? People naturally love to put themselves into this story as one the faith filled friends who refused to let anything keep them from getting this man to Jesus. Many times, however, if you would be honest, you could more easily relate with paralyzed man who needed the help. No one is immune to facing difficulties but very few are humble and brave enough to admit when they’re the one who could use the lift from someone else. What this kind of thinking does is actually keep you from getting to the place where you truly can be the one who does the carrying. When you fall into the trap of feeling like you have to present a perfect picture to everyone one around you, your focus and effort will be put into keeping up the masquerade rather than dealing with the issue your facing. This will cause you to miss opportunities to help bring others to the Lord because the insecurities that come from concealing your issue will not allow you to reach out. Are there paralytic places in your life? Are you so focussed on covering those things up that you are unable to carry someone else? If so, swallow some pride and bring those things before the Lord. Ask for help if you need it, but don’t allow them to keep you paralyzed any longer. He has a promise for every problem you may have. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Who are you bringing? As you know, TWBC will be going to 3 Sunday morning services (8:30, 10:00, and 11:30) beginning October 6th. We are doing this in an effort to make room for your family, friends and co-workers who need to have an encounter with the Lord. So pray about who you can bring and where you can help. There has never been a better time to get involved than now. So, who are you bringing?