Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love At Last Sight, Part 3- The Art of Risking Awkwardness

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Last weekend we talked about risking awkwardness. Pushing through awkward moments when when attempting to reach other people & take our key relationships deeper is vital. I shared the story of the 4 guys that brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus. What if we pushed through the awkwardness of our situation & circumstances & allowed God to use us to reach & impact others like that? Read Mark 2:1-12 (NLT)

REACH OUT TO OTHERS  (vs. 2b-3)
One Small Act of Love – A World of Difference.
“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

IGNORE THE DISCOMFORT  
“They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above (Jesus) head.  Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.”    (Vs. 4)

SHARE YOUR HEART  (vs. 5a)

Awkwardness of Asking-  “What do you want me to do for you?”  Mark 10:51 (NIV)
In this passage, Jesus is asked the blind man what he needed. What would happen in your every day relationships if you if you took the time to ask those that you love what their needs were & how you could meet them?
Awkwardness of Revealing-   "Jesus wept."  John 11:35 (NIV)
It's the shortest verse in the Bible that reminds us of the powerful example that Jesus set for us. Don't hide who you are or what you're feeling. Express yourself & trust God through your situation & circumstance. (see also Hebrews 11:6, Jeremiah 29:13)

KNOWING THE REWARD IS GREATER THAN THE RISK
“… Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven…Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!’ And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this before!’” (Vs. 5; 11-12)

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!" 1 Samuel 12:16

KEY QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER- 
1.  Who is God calling you to reach out to this week?
2.  What is on your heart that God is directing you to share with those in your life?
3. What do you need to risk & have faith for in reaching out to others?