How Far (#165)
How far would you go
to introduce your friend to Jesus?
Mark tells a story about four friends who brought their friend to Jesus. He couldn’t walk, so they carried him on a stretcher. When they got to the house where Jesus was teaching, they couldn’t get near the door because of the crowd. So they climbed onto the roof, hoisted their friend up, took the roof apart and lowered their friend on his stretcher in front of Jesus. After meeting Jesus, their friend didn’t need the stretcher anymore. Jesus healed him, and he walked out on his own! (Mark 2:1-12)
Common sense would have the friends say to their paralyzed friend:
“Sorry, too crowded, we’ll have to try some other time.”
“We’ll never get to see Jesus. . . look at this crowd. Let’s go home.”
But these friends would not be stopped; they hauled, improvised, lifted, and lowered. And when Jesus was finished, they celebrated.
What are you willing to do to introduce your friend to Jesus? Would you carry him on a stretcher? Would you climb onto a roof with him? And lower him with ropes?
If you met someone in need of Jesus in a mall parking lot, would you give him a tract?
A tract can introduce a reader to Jesus. As with the four friends, you might not have to do anything more than make the introductions. Jesus will take it from there, offering forgiveness, healing and wholeness. All that’s left is the celebration.
As with the friends, you may face some obstacles in your ministry: scorn, ridicule, security guards, the expense of tracts and postage. Are you going to let them stop you from introducing people to Jesus?
When you give a tract, you aren’t just ‘witnessing’. You are introducing the reader to Jesus. You are giving him a key that, should he choose to use it, will open the door to abundant life and, eventually, heaven. A tract given in love and faith is an immensely powerful and holy tool–useful for only one purpose: to introduce the reader to Jesus.