By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 16, 2014
From Series: Im A Big Hypocrite
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” – Mark 2:5
Complacency is a dangerous thing that causes our lives to become routine and bland. We weren’t meant for a life of complacency. Jesus didn’t tell us to “go into the world and be bland.” He gave instructions for us to share the Good News…to share Him. But because that is usually outside of our complacent comfort zone, we often determine that someone else will do it.
It was probably quite a task to get a paralyzed man in front of Jesus, too. After all, these friends had to carry him on a mat to the location, maneuver around a huge crowd, climb atop a building, remove the roof tiles, and then managed to lower him down in order to make this encounter happen. There was a lot of effort and cost to these friends. But “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” You know that had to have been worth the cost!
When we make the effort to bring someone to Jesus, there may be a cost of time, money, comfort, etc… But when we consider that it is a matter of eternity for someone, does the cost really matter? It will be a cost that will change their life, and yours too.
Pray for those being invited to Good Friday and Easter experiences this weekend. Ask God to prepare the hearts of those being invited, as well as those inviting.
Be a part of the preparations. Be a part of helping create the world’s largest chalk drawing of Jesus today.