Friendship. We use the word often. Everyone wants true friends. Saying you are someone's friend is one thing...showing it is another. Back in Mark 2:1-12 we are introduced to four men:
While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith...
Keep in mind that tons of people have flocked to hear Jesus (not a bad thing). Of course, a paralyzed man wasn't able to get there...wasn't able to hear His words or to be influenced by His power. These four men recognize the problem. They must bring this man to Jesus. The word friend isn't used for them in the Scripture but we often refer to them as such...why? Because they did what a true friend would do. Thier actions can help us be a true friend today:
1. They put the needs of others above their own. Everyone wanted to hear Jesus that day. They could have been first to the house. They could have thought higher of self. Instead, they put the needs of this paralyzed man above their own wants.
2. They were not detracted by obstacles. A true friend finds a way to come through. The big crowd prevented them from coming in through the door...so they made their own door. This was not an easy thing. Friendship isn't always easy to maintain.
3. They brought this man to Jesus. They did this physically...as we might bring a friend to church. However, their are other ways that are important to consider. Praying for a friend is bringing them before Jesus (by intercession). Sharing your faith is bringing a friend before Jesus (so He can hear how Jesus has changed the life of His friend). You may not be called to tear a hole in a roof but you likely have a role in introducing your friends to your Savior.
4. They had an active faith. Jesus saw 'their faith' and responded. This was the culmination of these four friends experience that day. Their faith was proven by their actions.
Are you a friend to those you call friend? How is The Lord speaking to you in this matter? Act upon His leading.