Faith Finds a Way

  • April 25, 2016
  • #8866

Taking the risk of sharing our faith and the Word of God brings hurting friends and loved ones to Jesus.

Faith Finds a Way

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and faith will always find a way!

Don’t you love that thought? And it’s true. Just read the gospels, just listen to Jesus; faith in Him is always going to find a way. Like, for instance, I'm sure you know that wonderful story in Mark chapter 2 where the four friends brought their paralyzed buddy to see Jesus. Great intentions, but it was not without great effort. The fourth verse says, “Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” You know what I love about that? Faith found a way! I mean a crowd may have filled the front yard; the house may have been jam-packed with people; the front door may even have been barred; and a roof with tiles may have seemed like a formidable obstacle, but there’s always a way when it means bringing the hurts and needs of a loved one before the Lord. So you just have to love those four friends – they ran the risk, made the effort, and they thought outside the box. In short, they made certain their hurting friend met the Lord!

And oh, that we had the same dedication with the hurting people in our life! Trouble is, we tend to focus on the obstacles. We assume the barriers are not to be broached. We only think about the impossibilities, rather than pray to a God who specializes in those things. When it comes to introducing hurting friends or family members to the Lord Jesus, we’ve got to remember that time is short. The opportunities are now! And we may not have another chance in the months and years to come. So run the risk, make the effort, and think outside the box. After all, you have a friend or family member who is hurting, and Jesus can help! Your faith can find a way!

And I would like to help you with that. I have a booklet that includes not only the plan of salvation, but also the Gospel of John. The plan of salvation is very simple and it includes verses from John’s Gospel, especially from the third chapter, (that wonderful verse), “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever should believe on him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” What wonderful words of hope! There’s even a short prayer that your friend can pray as they open their heart to Jesus. And then to get them started on their new journey, the booklet includes the Gospel of John. This is the perfect resource to use when you sit down with a neighbor or a college roommate, or a girlfriend who doesn’t know the Lord; sit down with them over a cup of coffee, and walk them through the pages of the salvation message; answer their questions and lead them in a quiet prayer. Yes, it’s a risky thing to do, but your friend has a soul and that’s worth running the risk. This person you know is facing an eternity without Christ, and none of us wants to stand before the Lord one day and have to give an account because we felt too embarrassed or too awkward. Draw inspiration from those four friends and their paralyzed buddy, and do everything you can to introduce the one you know to Jesus Christ.

For your free Gospel booklets – and I'm happy to send you three of them – please go to my radio page after this at joniandfriends.org, and we will get your free gift off in the mail right away. And also while you are on our page, invite us to pray for your friend. Give us a couple of details, let us their needs and we will put them on our morning staff prayer list and lift them up before the throne every morning. Let us be one of those who helps you bring your loved one to the feet of Jesus Christ. Let me hear from you today on my Facebook page, or you can always post a comment on my Blog at joniandfriends.org.

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