“Will You Pay The Cost?”
Posted: Friday, February 16
Verse of the day:
While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”(Mark 2: 2-5)
These men dared to do the difficult. Here their faith was in open display. It was not easy to bring this man to Jesus. They had to carry him, perhaps a great distance, through the streets of the city—through the crowds trying to get to Jesus. When they found the doorway blocked, a quick thinker in the group decided the only way was up—up to the roof. We don’t know how heavy the paralyzed man was, but at any weight it is not easy to carry a full-grown man up a flight of stairs and then lower him safely down by rope. Yet these men managed this difficult task. They dared to do the difficult. What an illustration this gives us of bringing people to Christ!
Then, notice that they dared to do the unorthodox. When they found that the door was blocked, they didn’t sit down or appoint a committee to research the various ways to get to Jesus—they just did what was necessary, risking the disapproval, not only of the owner of the house, but also of every person there. After all, they were interrupting the meeting while placing their friend at the front of the line in order to get to Jesus. The remarkable thing is that Jesus never rebuked them. There is never an incident recorded in which Jesus got uptight or disturbed about an interruption by someone intent on receiving something from Him—someone pressing through to Him despite the disapproval of those around. These men dared to do the unorthodox.
Finally, they dared to do the costly. Imagine the face of the home owner when he hears this scratching on his roof. He looks up, and to his amazement the tiles begin to move as mud crumbles and a light dust fills the air. Then daylight appears through a large hole in his roof that wasn’t there when this event began. I wonder what he was thinking. Was he wondering if his homeowner's policy would cover it? Was he mentally adding up the bill to present to these men? I mean, somebody had to pay that bill, somebody had to repair that roof. And surely that somebody was one, if not all, of these men. You see, they dared to do the costly. That is faith!