January 28

We Have Never Done It This Way Before!

He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:12

Ancient sailors recorded many times that in the midst of a coming storm the top of their ship’s mast would be circled with a mysterious circle of light. Many times their hair would begin to stand straight out from their heads as this light appeared. They called it St. Elmo’s Fire. Any experienced sailor knew it was then time to take cover because the air was so electrically charged that a lightning strike was imminent. 

“The air must have been so charged in Capernaum at the time this Scripture passage took place. There was a crowd, and this crowd was curious about the ministry of Jesus. Scribes surely were scowling as they watched this new Rabbi closely, hoping that they could catch Him in an error. The room was charged with excitement. Everyone knew that something dramatic was about to take place. It was not St. Elmo’s Fire; it was the King of King's fire. For when He is present, something miraculous is going to happen.

Sure enough, excitement mounted as four men began to tear up the roof in order to let a friend down in the presence of Jesus so that he could be healed. The Bible says they literally “took off the roof.” When our group of believers gather, it ought to be a “roof-raising experience.” And we too should be able to say, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” 

According to this passage, three things are needed to have a “roof-raising” experience with Jesus:

• We must have a Savior who can save. 

• We must have a preacher who can preach 

• We must have a flock who has faith.

Prayer For today: Dear Gracious Lord, today we ask You to let us be on fire with the excitement of Your good news. We ask for Your guidance as we spread Your word in our community, nation and world. Fill our church with people of faith who are beacons to others in this community, drawing them to Good Shepherd to learn more about You and the wonders of Your love. Show us Your vision for Good Shepherd, so that we may do everything possible to transform more lives and help them grow in Your love. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”