Please take a moment to read the following passage before I share what’s been on my heart.
Mark 2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
6-7 Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.”
8-12 Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”
Can you imagine if something like this happened in your neighborhood? People would be talking about it for years to come. That house would always be known as the house that Jesus was in, the house Jesus healed that guy, or the house that Jesus showed those religious guys up. The stories about that house would outlast the people who lived there, wouldn’t they?
I’m thinking that the same things should be said about us! They should walk by our houses, our churches, and our desks saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”
By now you know that I’m passionate about wellness and physical fitness. I want people to be talking about just how darn healthy and strong I am! I want them to them to recognize that this body that carries the Holy Spirit around is quite impressive. As the girl at the gym said today, “I want to represent.”
What about you? What do you want people to say about you?