Mark 2:1-5

1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

I have two types of friends. I have friends that are buddies. We were friends in college, we talk sports, and maybe play a little golf. Our relationship is not built upon anything substantial.

My other friends are closer in a more intimate way. These are the friends that I share my fears and dreams with. These are the friends that have confided in me. We have shared ourselves with each other in profoundly spiritual ways.

When we read about the paralyzed man on the mat and his friends who bring him to Jesus, they are the second type of friends. They make sacrifices and they take risks for their beloved brother because they know him and love him.

I believe that we must have both of these types of friends. But when you need someone to bring you to Jesus, look to the friends of your heart.