The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile

Seventh Sunday After Epiphany

Week of: February 19, 2017
Scripture: Mark 2:3-4 *

“Some men came, bringing to (Jesus) a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get the man to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat which the man was lying on.”
(Mark 2:3-4, NIV*)

Devotion

Though there are millions of people who come to Jesus each day, there are still some that cannot see a way to come to him. 

Here, a paralyzed man could not get to Jesus on his own so four men carried him to Jesus. Once they arrived, it naturally was a discouraging sight to see the large crowd. Instead of complaining, quitting, and turning around at the perceived impossibility, the men looked and took another way. 

Similar to these men, we may see the current way as impossible to help God’s people come to Jesus. And just like these men, we must see the "other way" and go for it, not turning away or quitting. 

May we seek the ways available to us to reach people, ways that will draw them to Christ. 

Prayerfully consider ...

  • Often we are so focused on preparing a musical work, dance, drama, or visual for our worship services that we forget to engage our worship artists in considering how they can be Christ in their neighborhoods. How can you encourage your worship artists to share their faith stories, reflecting on how their art forms connect them in deeper ways to Jesus?

Prayer

Loving Jesus, open our eyes, ears, and hearts to your way. Guide us in helping your children find the way to you. All of us are in great need of your healing power, love, grace, and mercy. Amen.

* Please note: Our devotions for the month of February do not correlate with the Revised Common Lectionary Year A scriptures.

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