“Just then some men came, carrying on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed. They tried to bring him in and set him down before Him. Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus. Seeing their faith He said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’” Luke 5:18-20
These men did not give up. They were committed to doing whatever it took to get their friend to Jesus. They did not let the many obstacles keep them from trying again. Finally they were able to get him to Jesus and Jesus noticed. The Scripture says, “Seeing their faith He said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’”
This man’s friends knew he needed to get to Jesus. The man was unable to get there on his own. And, it required some ingenuity, persistence, and compassion to get it done. So many of the people you know have the same problem. They just can’t get there without some help. And if you don’t help them, they may never get to Jesus. That’s your role as a “fisher of men.”
A good friend will want to introduce his friends to his best Friend, Jesus. That will require effort, scheduling, creativity, trust, prayer, and a clear presentation of the Gospel. Sometimes the first attempt to connect a person to Jesus works. Most of the time, however, it requires additional attempts. That’s why you must not give up.
Think of someone you know who needs to know Jesus. Have you talked to them about their need yet? Have you told them your story? What are you waiting for? There’s no better day than today to try and connect your friend with Jesus.
And if they don’t connect the first time…don’t give up on them. Look for another hole in the roof.