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Tearing a roof Apart
Some men came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:3-5)
My mind was drawn recently to the story of the paralysed man, who had friends with such faith and such love that they tore a roof apart to get their friend to Jesus, so that he would be healed.
Are you someone who would tear a roof apart for your friend?
Jesus is the One who saves, heals and redeems, but He uses you and He uses me to help each other see Him, to help each other reach out to Jesus so that He can minister to places deep within, places where we would perhaps never go alone.
Tearing a roof apart for your friend may not involve destroying a building. But it takes deep faith, sacrificial love, gritty determination to watch and to care, to be risk takers, to do what it takes to help others meet Jesus, Saviour of the World.
We sometimes want to make it easy for ourselves, to make excuses and to take the safe route. Being prepared to tear a hole in a roof for your friend involves sacrificial love, giving and blessing with nothing expected in return.
Jesus showed us how to tear down a roof. He risked being ostracised and rejected and went against the culture of the time to speak to prostitutes and tax collectors, to touch the ‘untouchable’, to heal the sick and the broken hearted so that they may see God. He went to His death on a cross so that we too would be reconciled with God.
And He sends us out in the power of His Holy Spirit to tear down a roof so that others may reach Him too.
How far will we go to bring others to Jesus?
Kate Webb (23 September 2017)
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