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Who is Your One?

It seems like every Christ follower knows at least one person in their lives who will not follow Jesus simply because they choose not to follow Him. Their lack of faith doesn’t stem from lack of exposure or opportunity but from stubbornness. We all pray for these friends of ours and occasionally ask them to come to church with us, but if we are honest with ourselves, we can admit that we have either consciously or subconsciously given up on them. We lost hope that they could ever be saved.

Friends of the Paralyzed Man

In Mark 2, there is a story about a paralytic man and his friends. The paralytic man probably doubted he would ever be healed. His friends most likely lost hope he would ever encounter Jesus. Mark 2:3-5 says. “Some men came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 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. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Because of the faith of the four men and their willingness to do whatever it took to bring their friend to Jesus, Jesus healed and saved the paralytic.

A few months ago, two friends and I decided we needed to be like this group of friends and physically bring a friend of ours to church to encounter Jesus. We drove 10 hours to talk with her because we love her, want her healed and saved, and we too realized we would do anything to pursue our “one.” Now I wish I could tell you that my friends and I got our “one” to church and Jesus saved her, but…I can’t. Despite our frustration in not seeing what we had hoped and prayed for, we realized not everyone who is called to obey something God instilled in their heart sees the growth of the seeds planted.

Nowhere in the Bible does God say we will immediately see the salvation and life transformation of every “one” we pursue.

How long do you think the paralytic’s friends were praying for his healing? How many years had they waited for Jesus to save their helpless friend? No matter their distance from God or how many attempts we’ve made to reach our “one”, their salvations are never impossible. We cannot expect our lost friends to have faith if we ourselves do not have faith that Jesus still saves, heals, and oversees every harvest our seeds produce. Nothing is wasted because “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
Who is your “one”? Why would you ever give up on them?

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