One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Just Keep Serving: Pastor Adam
1. Serving opportunities will often present themselves in the form of an… INTERRUPTION.
Healing / Forgiving the paralyzed man was not on Jesus’ to-do list that day.
Jesus didn’t treat him like an interruption.
Jesus was NOT SHOCKED by the interruptions in our lives.
Lessons from the rooftop #1: The biggest interruption in your life right now might be your biggest opportunity to serve.
2. What do you do when your reward for serving comes in the form of an accusation? verse 21: “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy?”
One of the worst feelings is being criticized for the wrong thing when you’re serving with a pure heart.
We don’t anticipate being challenged, we anticipate being thanked.
Lessons from the rooftop #2: True authority is not having to defend yourself when the accusations come JUST KEEP SERVING
When given an opportunity to prove His authority, Jesus serves the man again by healing him.
If Your Eyes Are Fixed on The Prize…
Jesus was able to wade through interruptions and offenses (focused on the cross)
Paul waded through many interruptions and offenses (focused on running his race)
Want to AMAZE your critics? JUST KEEP SERVING
26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
As long as we are committed to SERVING we will keep seeing remarkable things.