One day Jesus was teaching … Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”Luke 5:18-20 NIV
I encourage you to read the full passage from Luke 5:17-26. This story speaks volumes about the company we keep.
With relentless urgency, these men were determined to take their friend-in-need to Jesus, climbing through a crowd, scaling a house, and breaking through the roof.
Wow. I mean, just picture it. What moxie!
And here’s what really moves me: When Jesus saw their faith — as in, the friends’ faith — Jesus told the man on the mat that his sins were forgiven.
The fierce faith of these friends changed the paralytic’s life, spiritually and physically. Soul and body.
We learn a few verses later that Jesus heals the man, empowering him to stand, scoop up his mat, and walk away praising God.
In fact, everyone who witnessed this wonder was filled with awe and proclaimed, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
That’s the power of faith, friend.
Faith, as an action, affects everyone around us. It points others to its object: Jesus. When witnessed, it results in worship.
What if you and I decided to be that kind of friend? What if we exercised that type of bold, boisterous faith?
I wonder which friend in your life, or a stranger along your path, needs a similar boost today.
Lord, help us to lift others and bring them to you, the only one who can forgive sins and give life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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