“Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” Mark 2:4
“If at first you don’t succeed, try…try again.” That should be the motto of every “fisher of men.” Apparently that was the motto of the four men who were trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus. They weren’t going to let a crowd keep them from Jesus. They weren’t going to let their friend’s inability to get to Jesus on his own stop them. It just meant they’d have to get real creative. Digging through the roof is pretty creative!
When you share Christ with someone and they don’t immediately connect with Him, what do you do next? Do you give up on that person and justify yourself with the old, “at least I tried” excuse? Do you rationalize away the need to get creative just because they gave evidence that they were spiritually blind and said they weren’t interested? Come on, you can do better than that!
A fisherman doesn’t give up just because a fish stole the bait off his hook. A fisherman doesn’t give up just because the fish aren’t biting at this time. A fisherman doesn’t give up when his line breaks. A fisherman gets creative. A fisherman is willing to wait. A fisherman is persistent. A “fisher of men” is to be just like a fisherman.
Keep on praying for your friend to come to Jesus. Keep on witnessing to your friend with you words and your actions. Keep on looking for ways to get through to your friend. Keep on trying. Improve your communication skills. Be a real friend. Stay alert to changes. Be creative. And don’t be surprised when you finally are able to bring your friend to Jesus and they connect. Today could be that day.