They went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles on his stretcher. (Luke 5:19)
Can you sense the tenacity and faith of the four friends of the paralytic man? They refused to be deterred by the crowd. Tearing a hole in the roof, each man held onto the rope and lowered the crippled man right in front of Jesus.
Christian service is all about holding the rope. When we volunteer in a hospital, gather clothes for the needy, lead a celebrate recovery therapy group, tutor a left behind child, or visit the elderly in a nursing home, we are holding the rope.
Look for ways you can hold the rope of encouragement and service in the community where you live. Perhaps you can organize a local jail ministry and reach out to prisoners with the gospel. Volunteering your services to help others brings a warm sense of fulfillment, and brings meaning to your life.
Thought for the Day: The needy are waiting for someone to hold the rope.