Don’t just sit there.
Luke 5: 17-19 “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralysed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 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.”
There is always a group just sitting there.
Jesus was teaching, but they were just sitting there.
They had travelled from various places to be with Jesus. They just sat there. It looked like they were with Jesus. But sitting there doesn’t mean a thing. It doesn’t mean you are with him. As opposed to the power of the Lord that was definitely WITH Jesus.
There are carriers and there are consumers and then there are on-lookers neither giving nor receiving a thing.
In a scene that would appear to be quite dangerous (dropping a paralysed man through the roof) it is actually those who are just sitting there who are in greatest danger, just ask Eutychus!
When you are in the sitting group you have far too much time to think, “…The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” v21
So today, if you are not reaching out, if you are not healing and if you are not helping others to get to Christ then it could be that you are classed as being part of the sitting group. Be careful, you may be easily offended! You may have too much time on your hands to watch, observe and to think. Activity and focus means we have to think on our feet, we don’t have the luxury to sit down and chew over the event like a post-mortem. It is easier to let go of things when you are moving especially offence. Offence slows the journey down, it builds a hurdle. It stops us in our tracks.
The offensive sitting position deafens you to the Word of God and it blinds you to the needs of others.
Have you sat down today and not realised it?
Psalm 1: 1-3 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”