JESUS WAS MISSIONAL:

HE WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

By George Thomasson

“And when He returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. 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. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — He said to the paralytic —  “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” Mark 2:1-12

While Jesus was teaching at Peter’s house, four men who had brought their paralyzed friend to be healed could not get to Jesus because the house was full of people. Instead of taking him back home, they climbed on top of the house, made a hole in the roof, and lowered him with ropes into the presence of Jesus. Jesus could have been annoyed at the interruption, but instead, He turned his attention to the paralyzed man, healed him, and sent him away totally well. In the midst of the experience, He also forgave the man’s sins and shared that He has the power to forgive anyone’s sin who comes to Him for help.

   We can also be missional by forming the habit of taking advantage of every opportunity. People all around us have needs that we can meet. When we reach out to them and help them with their needs, we should always tell them that Jesus loves them and cares about them.

ACTION POINT

   When you get out of bed each day, climb down off the throne of your life and ask Jesus to sit on the throne. Let him be in control throughout the day. Ask Him to help you be alert to anyone who you see with a need you can meet.

STUDENTS

Do you have a heart for those with needs around you? Or are you annoyed by them? Someone today has a need that you can meet. Someone also needs to hear about Jesus today. Pray and ask God to give you clarity on who you can bless today and how you can point them to Jesus.

KIDS

Too many times we get caught up in our own lives. As a family, make a commitment to be aware of the opportunities God gives us to show love to others. Each morning this week, pray that God would give you an opportunity to show the love of Jesus.

PRAYER

Lord, Jesus, please take Your rightful place on the throne of heart today. Be the boss; direct me; empower me; show me those You want me to help. When I help them, enable me to share Your love and how they can receive You as their Savior.”