And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.

Luke 5:17-18

How did you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? This is a question that I try and keep close to my heart. Everyone has a story. Maybe you had no knowledge of God or what the church had to offer. Your life may have been in shambles after a great hurt or tragedy. It’s possible that sin had its way in your life and you found yourself at rock bottom.

No matter what your story is, if you reflect on it, there were individuals who played a key part in you finding your way to Jesus. Somebody invited you to church. Somebody prayed with you through a trial. Somebody reached out to you on the streets. Even those who came to Christ at a young age had family, friendor a pastor who labored over your life to see you walk in a way worthy of the Lord.

You know what amazes me about the story of the paralyzed man in the fifth chapter of Luke? God’s power was moving during a house meeting. Others were being healed. There was a man with a great need who was not in the healing meeting. Thankfully, that man had friends who were willing to contend for his healing. They pressed through the crowd and eventually went through the roof to present this man to Jesus. That man received his miracle and forgiveness of his sins that day. Powerful!

In a church like Trinity, we are deeply blessed to have such a strong presence of God on a consistent basis. It’s truly amazing. The power of the Lord is here nearly every service to heal, save, and deliver.

Very often we forget that there are people outside the church, much like the paralytic, who are in desperate need of an encounter from God. They may not be aware that there is a living and active God that desires to touch them.

I’m sure you can already guess at my challenge. Will you be a friend to someone that has a need this week? Will you contend for someone that may not know how to contend for themselves? Will you give someone the opportunity to encounter the power of the Lord? It can be as simple as an invitation or a ride to church. It may take a deep, consistent investment that is bathed in prayer.

Don’t forget what somebody else poured into you that you may know the Lord as you do today. I implore you. Take the gift that you have freely received and be generous in giving.