I absolutely love the historical account of this event in the Bible. The crowd was too big so these people can’t get close to Jesus. And what do these people do? They figure out how to see him anyway. They think outside the box, outside the norm, and make it happen. They cut a hole in the roof and lower their friend at the feet of Jesus to be healed. That is faith. That is commitment. That is God-inspired wisdom and action. There is so much that we can learn from these scriptures
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“Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.” – Mark 2:4
To me personally I can easily apply this at work where I am responsible for developing effective leaders and problem solvers. The actions of the people who lowered their friend through the hole in the roof is exactly what I would expect from a member on my team. What creativity and determination to accomplishing their objective of getting this guy at the feet of Jesus. What great scripture to demonstrate these success behaviors and the law of victory.
Yesterday I wrote about leading change. And while there are many traits common among the most successful people and change leaders like effective communication, time management, and many more, there are two in my mind that really stand out and set people apart. And these two traits are problem solving and the ability to overcome obstacles. This part of the core wiring and circuitry in leaders. At our core we take action, overcome obstacles, and achieve results. The words, “It cannot be done” are not in our vocabulary. Instead we are wired to ask, “How can this be done?”
So why do certain people action and overcome obstacles while others don’t? When you really peel back the onion and get to the core, it all comes down to faith. The people who overcame obstacles and lowered their friend through a hole in the roof did so because of their faith. They believed to the core, and they knew for certain that all they had to do was get their friend to the feet of Jesus.
We face the same situation today. What obstacles are in our way? Are there too many people in line for promotion before us? Do we have family genetics against us because everyone in our family lineage has historically been overweight? Do we have a history of high-blood pressure or cancer? Are we crippled by anxiety or depression? What do we struggle with? What obstacle is holding us back?
Overcoming every problem that we have, every challenge that we face, and every obstacle that gets in our way requires nothing more than lying down at the feet of Jesus, and our faith. And just as the overcomers who lowered their friend through the roof, so too can we be confident in knowing that we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens” us. – (Philippians 4:13).
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this Word today. Help us to think outside the box, and give us Your wisdom that surpasses all human understanding. Bless us with thy gifts, and use us as instruments of Your great Will, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Numbers 12,13; Psalm 90; Mark 2
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