THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
“… they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.”
Luke 5:19 (ESV)
HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY HOME REQUIRES WHATEVER IT TAKES
A cowboy went to buy some life insurance. The broker asked him if he had any accidents in the past year, to which the cowboy replied, “No. But I was kicked by a horse, chased by a raging bull and bitten by a snake – that laid me up for a while.” The agent said, “Weren’t they accidents?” To which the stockman replied, “No, they did it on purpose.” (Source Unknown).
Helping people find their way home doesn’t happen by accident. It requires determination and a “whatever it takes mentality.” The word determination describes devotion of one’s full strength and concentrated attention to a task, certainly an apt description of the four friends in Luke 5! These men were determined! They were so determined that they climbed up on a roof and ripped off a hole large enough to lower a grown man down to Jesus.
Sunday’s message reminds us that serving isn’t always convenient or easy. It takes a determination that requires time and hard work. What may be excuses that you have used in the past that have kept you from getting involved and serving? When it comes to helping others, do you have a “whatever it takes” mentality?