March 13 – Transformation Testimonies – Faithful Paralytic

Read Mark 2:1-13

There is a great difference between people who simply want God to work in their lives and people who work actively to allow God to work in them. When we get complacent in our walk with Christ, we aren’t pursuing His ways. God is still able to move in spite of us, yet we are able to quench the work of the Spirit by our sin and complacency. It appears that God chooses not to work through us because we aren’t actively pursuing His best for our lives.

Such perseverance is found in the second chapter of the gospel of Mark.  A paralyzed man is brought on a bed drawn by his friends to the house in which Jesus is teaching.  Due to the crowds, there was no room to enter into the house to get the man to Jesus. Instead of giving up and leaving, the friends took action, removing the roofing to make a hole right above where Jesus was teaching. They were so confident that Jesus could heal their friend that they were willing to do whatever it took to place him in the presence of Christ.

Jesus, seeing their faith, told the man that his sins were forgiven, and later healed him. How rewarding would that be to see that all your hard work paid off? They had the faith that Jesus could heal their friend and were willing to do anything in their power to make that happen.

The faith that Jesus recognized was not so much that of the paralytic but of the friends who brought him. They expected God to heal their friend and they were very active in making it happen.

God can work the miraculous through something as small as an invitation into His presence. How are you doing inviting your “5”? Something as small as a simple invite can be exactly what they need to have God revolutionize their world.

In our own lives, we may encounter overwhelming circumstances. What are we willing to do about it? Are we going to sit back and expect God to work a miracle in our life or are we going to make the most of the moment and allow God to guide us? If we only show the unstoppable faith, that the paralyzed man’s friends had, we would be surprised to see what God can do in our lives.

Jake Lawson

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