Often those with large hearts for the lost are overruled by some who have objections and long lists of reasons why some people should not be evangelized. Hudson Taylor went to China without the support of any organization and God made him succeed. He too, faced many opposing voices.
Among many examples in Jesus’ life was the four men who were concerned about the life of a paralytic man. Crowds prevented them from reaching Jesus with this man the normal way. “They were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus” (Luke 5:18-19). The order of events in this case are very important to observe:
1. After lowering this man through the roof, Jesus commends the four men for their faith (5:20). God never overlooks our faith in doing His will and in overcoming obstacles.
2. Jesus does not deal with the man’s physical condition first. He deals with the man’s sins. Physical needs are important, but the soul and its relationship to God takes priority over every other consideration. NOTE: This move of Jesus meets with strong opposition from the religious leaders. We may face the same reaction.
3. Jesus then challenges the faith of the religious leaders. They had neither the power to forgive sins or heal the man physically. Both powers are in the person of Jesus, and that is why HE MUST BE PROCLAIMED FIRST!
4. God must receive the glory for forgiveness, salvations and healings.
When we stop listening to the objections of men, we will see the power of God as we obediently reach those who have never heard the message of the gospel. Put faith to work!
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