Luke 5:18-19 (NIV) Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
Late in College and early in my business career the hot topic was “manage your time!” Time management books, seminars and courses promised success in life. I perceived the overall theme to be, “you can do it alone, but do it with our time management method.”
Could the paralyzed man do it alone? Of course, not. He had to ask for help. Help is one of the hardest words in the English language to say and more particularly to ask. His friends heard his cry for help and responded.
They knew of someone that could heal him. They had faith in Jesus’ power. The took the time to carry the man on his mat to the house where Jesus was performing miracles. But the house was so crowded they had to devise a plan. A plan that took more than time management, it took energy management.
They hoisted him to the roof and lowered him through the hole they made in it down to Jesus.
Now watch this verse carefully, Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
It wasn’t only the faith of the paralyzed men. When Jesus saw “their” faith, both his friends and the man, he then healed the man.
We must manage our energy, not time. We give "life" to whatever we give our energy to in life. Extraordinary energy investments lead to extraordinary outcomes.
How about you? Do you call for help when needed? Are you a friend that will come when called? Will you manage your energy in order to have the time to give life to others in need?
Dear Father, help us to be a part of extraordinary outcomes. Whether as the receiver or giver of help, so that we may be a part of your blessings. In Christ’s name, Amen.