Faith and Determination

Reference: Mark 2:1-12

Jesus came to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly. Many came to listen to his teachings. The house became so crowded that no one could get through the door. Four men came carrying a friend who could not walk. They were determined to get their friend to Jesus. Since they could not get through the door, they went up on the roof, dug through the roof, and lowered the man down to Jesus. These men showed great faith in Jesus. Their faith produced determination, and because of their determination the man was healed. We should have the same determination generating faith in bringing others to Christ.

Carrying the man on a mat, the four friends brought the paralytic to Jesus, because they believed that Jesus could heal him. Jesus heals more than just physical ailments. He heals spiritual ailments as well. When someone puts their faith in Jesus and Jesus alone, healing results. Christians should believe that Jesus can help even the most desperate of sinners. His salvation was good enough for us, and it is good enough others.

The four friends did not let the crowd stop them from getting their friend to Jesus. They carried him up on the roof, dug through the roof, and lower their friend down to Jesus. Many Christians let obstacles stand in their way of witnessing to others. They make excuses like they are no good at witnessing. However, our greatest witness is our daily life. Our faith should produce a determination that propels us do whatever it takes for others to see the effect that Jesus has made in our lives.

Because of their faith, the four friends were determined to get to Jesus, and their friend was healed. Jesus saw the faith of the four friends and he healed the paralytic. We, too, need the same faith generated determination in our witness for Jesus. The Scriptures say in Romans 10:14, “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?

Scripture taken from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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