Friends Mark 2:1-12

“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 2:5

  There are times even in the lives of the most devout people, faith waivers; there is uncertainty what to do and movement seems impossible. No matter what we do, moving forward is challenging to say the least. Though we want to make progress, events of the past shackle our progression. Jesus never said that we are to live independent of others or that “God loves those who help themselves.” In the healing story according Mark chapter 2, a miracle was performed. Jesus celebrated not the faith of the one in need but affirmed the faith of the friends that were helping the one in need. We need the faith of friends when we feel weak. We need to know someone is there when our strength is sapped through physical or emotional challenges, or when sin rids us of the joy of living. During those times, God places in our path those who will bolster our faith. We see God’s miraculous presence when we allow others the privilege of helping us. So often we do not want to intrude on another or feel they would not have the time to help. The reality is, people are waiting to be asked and the greatest gift we can offer to another is the opportunity to help. The Christian faith is not self-serving nor individualistic; it depends on the people of faith sharing what God has offered them to serve the needs of others. We are called to be a blessing to another, a friend to those whose path is uncertain. The miracles of God are alive and well and witnessed through those around us living their faith and serving others. Sometimes we are the recipients, sometimes we are the one offering the miracles of God. When we are a friend, we are fulfilling not only the commandment to love one another as Christ loves us but also when we are a friend and serve the needs of others, we share the joy of loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. God is good all the time and once in a while somebody needs the opportunity to remind us of that fact. If you want to experience the miracle of God’s love, offer someone the privilege of being your friend; you will be a blessing to them as you will be blessed by them.
 

Pastor Tom