Mark 2:2-4 ESV
“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.”
This is an interesting story that I love. I have written and shared previously on it, but here is a different perspective, a two sided perspective for personal consideration.
Four friends carried a paralyzed friend to see Jesus, and went to the extreme of climbing onto the roof, cutting a hole in the roof, and lowering the man to where Jesus was. Those guys were some kind of friends.
Consideration one is, are we part of a community where we have friends who would do that. The text tells us they were friends, and says nothing about being family members. We don’t know how far they walked, what chores or business they set aside to do this for their friend, but they did it. They were good friends.
Second consideration, am I, are we, that type of friend. If we can help someone, if there is a need, do we set everything aside to help? If we have an opportunity to be with a struggling friend, and take them to Jesus, so to speak, do we? If a friend is not well, and needs something done, or to be taken somewhere, do we make ourselves available? Or, are we too busy enjoying ourselves, or doing other things for our own pleasure and benefit?
In the above text, it does not state, but my guess is that the paralyzed man did not call and ask his friends to carry him, my guess is that they saw the situation and seized the opportunity to be a blessing.
Our focus needs to be on others and not self centred so we can see a need someone has, and step in to take them to Jesus Christ, whatever that may be at that time.
Father God, please open my eyes and ears to the needs of others. Your Word shows me how to be a good friend, so I am asking Holy Spirit to guide and direct me with discernment to be a friend and carry others to Jesus and have their needs met. Thank You Father in Jesus Name.