In the closing message at re:group Clay Scroggins reflected on the incident in Mark 2:1-12 where four friends brought a paralyzed man to be healed by Jesus. Remember the story? Here’s the paragraph he spent most of his time on:
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
In a series of statements, Scroggins shared something so important for all of us:
“Jesus was moved not by what they believed, but by what they did because of what they believed.”
“Jesus was moved not by their model of community but by their decision to model community.”
“When you begin to take community personally you’ll learn how to make community better.”
So…how personally are you taking community?
Image by Samuel King Jr.