Read Matthew 9:1-8

Who brought you to faith in Christ? My journey began when Tony McGrady and Julian Unger knocked on our apartment door and invited my brother and me to ride their bus to church. If they had not brought me to worship, I would never have come on my own.

Before God used a bus, he used a mat. Jesus returned to Peter’s home in Capernaum, his ministry base in Galilee, where “some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat” (Matthew 9:2). Mark tells us that the home was so crowded with people who wanted to hear Jesus that “there was no room left, not even outside the door” (Mark 2:2). The typical Galilean home had a flat mud roof covered with thatch. So these men “made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on” (v. 4).

In response to such faith, Jesus healed this man. The astonished crowds “praised God who had given such authority to men” (Matthew 9:8).

Why bring people to Jesus today? Because many, like the paralyzed man, cannot come to him without help. Surveys indicate that the vast majority of unchurched people would attend worship if someone would invite them. Your family, friends and neighbors are especially likely to attend services during the Easter season. But they need your help. Just as you would probably not know how to visit a Buddhist temple or Muslim mosque, so most unchurched people feel uncomfortable visiting your church uninvited.

Jesus calls us to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), beginning “in Jerusalem,” where we live (Acts 1:8). You can fulfill your commission by praying specifically for the unchurched people you know, asking God to use you in bringing them to faith in Jesus. Then you can take the initiative to invite them to Easter services with you.

For reflection
There is no greater privilege than helping someone spend eternity in heaven. Who will you bring to Jesus this Easter season?


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