2/16/15 Do Your Part

Most of us appreciate the opportunity to move forward. Unfortunately, when those great opportunities present themselves, some of us do not move. It’s time to break that habit. Be encouraged today by three people who did something with the opportunities Jesus presented to them.

First there’s the man with the withered hand. Mark 3:3-5 tells us that Jesus “entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand… He said to the man…, ‘Step forward… Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other” (NKJ).

Second is the story of the paralyzed man. Mark 2:10-12 records that Jesus “said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all…”

Finally is the account of the raising of Lazarus. In John 11:38-44 we read, “Then Jesus… came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone… Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.”

The man with the withered hand would not have seen his hand restored had he not stepped forward and stretched out his hand when Jesus told him to do so. The paralyzed man would have lived out the rest of his life in his handicapped state if he had continued to operate in his usual way—just lying on that bed allowing others to carry him around. He had to stop doing things as he had always done them, and start doing what he had never done before, just because Jesus said so, totally contrary to logic or reason. He had to get up, pick up and carry that which used to carry him, and move on. Finally, Lazarus came from behind a stone and out of death itself. Even though his graveclothes were still wrapped tightly around him, he emerged nonetheless.

Step forward, stretch out your hand, take up your bed and go, and come forth. When Jesus speaks, do your part and be ready to see the miracles in your life that will follow!

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