How do you help people take their first steps into recovery?
Many people will fight it. They’ll put up a facade. They’ll pretend they have no problems.
But you and I know everyone needs recovery from something. All of us have been hurt. No one has it completely together.
In Luke 5, God gives us a great picture of what it looks like to help people get on a path to healing. (In fact, it’s such an important story that the writers of the Gospels include it in two other places, Matthew 9 and Mark 2.)
Jesus is inside a home teaching the Pharisees and religious leaders. Some men want to get a paralyzed friend to Jesus so he can heal the man. But thanks to the crowds surrounding the house, there is no way in. So these men climb onto the roof, open up a hole, and lower their friend through the roof to Jesus.
What Jesus does next is a great model of ministry for anyone involved in helping people recover from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
And you’ll see this pattern of ministry in all of Jesus’ interactions with people in the Gospels. They…Continue Reading