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Get Up and Walk!

Can you imagine what it would be like to spend your whole life paralyzed and unable to get around without the assistance of others? For the man in Matthew 9, that was his story. We can assume that his life had been a painful one. People in that time were not kind to those with disabilities, and we know that this man had probably prayed for years, seemingly without an answer, for healing.

Then he met Jesus, and everything changed. His friends, full of faith, brought the man to see Jesus. With one declaration Jesus completely healed him! Can you imagine the doubt and anxiety in the man’s head as he prepared to stand? Can you imagine the celebration when he stood and walked?

For Christians, this man’s story is our own. We have all found ourselves at times paralyzed by circumstances in which we need healing from Jesus and the faith of our friends to push us forward. We have all faced times where Jesus calls out to us in the midst of certain despair and says, “Get up and Walk!”

In those moments we have a choice. We can choose to doubt the ability of God to use even the most seemingly desperate situations for our good and His glory. Or we can be like the man in this story and stand to our feet and walk. We can trust God’s ability and desire to use our stories for His glory.

Reflect:

  • Are you currently struggling with a situation where you feel paralyzed or has Jesus healed you from a similar situation in the past?
  • Who are your friends that will carry you to Jesus? You can’t do life alone- if you can’t think of any friends like this your next step may be to join a small group!
  • How can you share your story of how Jesus healed you?

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