Thursday, October 22, 2020

What's keeping you away?

 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. (Mark 2:4NKJV)

Here we have a paralytic man whose friends took him to Jesus for healing. First of all, what a great group of friends! Right? Friends who saw his need and had enough compassion to take action.

But that's not what I want to talk about today, but I thought it worth pointing out. We all need friends like that.

When the friends made it to the place where Jesus was, they couldn't get through to him, so they took the roof off the building to get their friend to Jesus. Again, great friends! Talking about not letting anything stop them from getting where they needed to be - a great example here.

We live in a country where we're free to worship and have access to God through Jesus, but the question comes to mind - what do we allow to keep us from Jesus? In the text, the friends had a physical barrier to overcome, but what about us? For the majority of us, I'd say the barriers are spiritual and mental, whether it's fear of the unknown, sin, perceived busyness from daily activities, or lack of relationship with Jesus. The good news is that Jesus is filled with compassion, ready and willing to forgive, and desires an intimate personal relationship with His children.

Today, I encourage you to ask Jesus' help in tearing down anything that keeps you away from an intimate relationship with Him.

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