Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 15)
And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
Mark 2:4 (NKJV)
Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
Luke 19:2-4 (NKJV)
The multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him.
Mark 6:33 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are scramblers. To scramble is 'to struggle eagerly or unceremoniously for possession of something; to get or gather something with difficulty or in irregular ways' (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Scramble for what? The ball, the score, the break, the blessing.
Scramble how? Hustle. Give up decorum and forget image. Go against the flow of culture for the greater purpose of God. Extraordinary efforts yield extraordinary blessings.
Consider Jacob. When he realized his nighttime wrestling match was with God Himself, God said, ' 'Let Me go, for the day breaks.' But he said, 'I will not let You go unless You bless me!' ' (Genesis 32:26).
Consider the woman with the issue of blood. Therein unclean, she broke with tradition in scrambling for The Healer: 'When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment' (Mark 5:27).
Consider the woman of Canaan, a Gentile. She was desperate for Jesus to save her demon-possessed daughter--desperate enough to debate with the King of the Jews:
'He answered and said, 'It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs.' And she said, 'Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table' ' (Matthew 15:26-27).
The point? Whether you must uncover a roof, climb a tree, run a race, wrestle an angel, fight a crowd, or debate a king, scramble. Be ingenious. Be persistent. Go the extra mile to follow God.
Scrambling when necessary is a predictor of godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.