WHEN JESUS SEES YOUR FAITH IN HIM
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven you.” [Mark 2:5]
This poor paralytic was fortunate to have four Christian friends who really believed in Jesus. It seems clear from Jesus’ response that He knew the four were not only burdened about this man’s physical condition, but they were mostly interested in seeing him saved and having his sins forgiven. To them, as it was with Jesus, it was first things first, salvation of the soul and then the healing of the body.
Jesus saw “their” faith in Him, not just the four, but the paralytic’s four friends had convinced him that Jesus was the Savior and that he needed to have Jesus to forgive him for his sins and save him and now he was willing to be, if they would just help him get to Jesus. That’s what it is to be a soul winner, convincing the lost that they are a sinner in need of Jesus and doing whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus.
This is not only an example of a soul winner, but soul winning is itself an example of truly having faith in Jesus. How can one claim he is a believer and not do all they can to bring their poor lost friends and family to Jesus.
The amazing thing is that the very trouble they went through to get to Jesus was all the evidence that Jesus needed to convince Him that they were placing their faith in Him and Him alone for salvation and whatever He would choose to do about the man’s affliction.
Are any of your friends and family still unbelievers in Jesus because you have not attempted to convince them that they are lost and in need of Jesus to save them? Are they still lost because you have done little, or nothing to bring them to Jesus?
When Jesus looks at their unbelief does He also see your unbelief? If you would begin to demonstrate your faith in Jesus, He may see these lost friends and family members come to Him in faith for salvation and as sure as Jesus forgave and saved the paralytic, so would He save them. Maybe it’s your unbelief that is the stumbling block to the lost around you! When was the last time you attempted to lead a soul to Jesus? We have a nation of lost souls, just pick one and go to work and why not do it today!