Monday, August 04, 2008
Be A Good Influence
Luke 5:17 – 31
17 One day while he was teaching, some Jewish religious leaders and teachers of the Law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord's healing power was upon him.
18,19 Then--look! Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to push through the crowd to Jesus but couldn't reach him. So they went up on the roof above him, took off some tiles, and lowered the sick man down into the crowd, still on his sleeping mat, right in front of Jesus.
20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven!" 21 "Who does this fellow think he is?" the Pharisees and teachers of the Law exclaimed among themselves. "This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?" 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and he replied, "Why is it blasphemy? 23,24 I, the Messiah, have the authority on earth to forgive sins. But talk is cheap--anybody could say that. So I'll prove it to you by healing this man." Then, turning to the paralyzed man, he commanded, "Pick up your stretcher and go on home, for you are healed!"
25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat and went home praising God! 26 Everyone present was gripped with awe and fear. And they praised God, remarking over and over again, "We have seen strange things today."
27 Later on as Jesus left the town he saw a tax collector--with the usual reputation for cheating--sitting at a tax collection booth. The man's name was Levi. Jesus said to him, "Come and be one of my disciples!" 28 So Levi left everything, sprang up, and went with him.
29 Soon Levi held a reception in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests were there. 30 But the Pharisees and teachers of the Law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples about his eating with such notorious sinners.
31 Jesus answered them, "It is the sick who need a doctor, not those in good health. 32 My purpose is to invite sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think themselves already good enough."
The faith of the friends of the paralyzed man was put into action and had a positive influence in his life and in the crowd.
Levi’s faith caused him to follow Jesus and he wanted to share Jesus with his friends. He had a big party for his friends and invited Jesus to come.
Be certain that my faith has an influence on others.
Matthew 5:13-15 (Living) "You are the world's seasoning, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? And you yourselves will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the world's light--a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
Lord Jesus help me to be an influence for good in people.