FAITH IN ACTION

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and , after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralytic man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'”

– Mark 2:3-5 NIV

Since discovering this passage and the manner it was illuminated to me, I have always been enamored with the first part of verse 5 of Mark 2, “When Jesus saw their faith.”  Four men, with compassion, carried a paralytic to Jesus, fueled with hope, believing Jesus had power over the current condition of the paralytic to help him in his current circumstances. I say they were fueled with hope, because the crowd that surrounded Jesus did not deter them or dissuade them to stop or turn back.

Scripture does not reveal in Mark’s gospel how far the four men had traveled carrying the paralytic. Neither does it indicate how tired the men were from their distance traveled. Four men, with their heart full of compassion for the one they were carrying, were deliberate and sincere in seeking the One who could help them with their concerns for the paralytic. The bible doesn’t even indicate the nature of the relationship between the four men and the paralytic. What the bible does say is that when they came upon the scene where Jesus was and saw there was a crowd, without hesitation they made their way to the roof of the house. Fueled by hope and prompted by their love (compassion) for the paralytic, the four men began digging until they could see Jesus from their vantage point on the rooftop. As they lowered the mat carrying the paralytic through the roof to the place where Jesus was located a profound thing happened. Jesus saw their faith.

It is a simple, but powerful message to me about the necessity of taking action that moves God to act on our behalf to help us and bless us. Jeremiah 29:11-13 told us we will find God when we seek Him with our whole heart and encounter the life with hope and a future. This past Sunday, after the 6pm service, I shared with my sister, as we exited the church, that sincere faith in God will cause us to move. We will not remain in the same place in life when our faith makes connection with God, because it is His expressed desire to help us encounter the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. These 4 men were fueled by that same faith.

The bible teaches us that it is God who works in us both to will and to act according to His good purpose (Philippians 2:13). When these 4 men resolved to seek after Christ, interceding on behalf of the paralytic, God then fueled their hope, fed their passion and empowered them to follow through towards the fulfillment of what they hoped for until it came to pass. The bible teaches that no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws them. Their sincere seeking drew them to Christ and their actions to get to Him allowed their faith to be seen. God takes notice of our actions inspired by faith! 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God wants to see our faith in action, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He is and a rewarder to them that diligently seek Him as the 4 men did on behalf of the paralytic.

May God see your faith in action and reward you for your sincere seeking that will carry you and those you pray for to Christ and experience His grace to allow you to encounter the fullness of life He came for us to have.

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