Okay.  So the picture doesn’t match the title of the post.  At least, not at first glance.

But think about how so many people do feel paralyzed and why they feel that way.  In my discussions with people, I find that a whole lot of people feel pretty overwhelmed by life.  I don’t mean to imply that they are necessarily depressed or ready to throw their hands up and quit.  But they’re often tired and feel run down.  They know that they have weaknesses.  They know that they sin.  And sometimes they seem to think that their constant motion and activity really isn’t getting them anywhere. 

Here at East Point, we’re arriving at the middle of my preaching series on Growing Biblical Community.  I’ve already talked about the cost of community and the commands to love one another, wait for (share with) one another, and comfort one another.  Some of you, no doubt, are still wondering how we can do this.  Sometimes it is about doing more than what we’re doing.  At other times its about replacing some of what we do with something even better.  And there are also times when we need to remember that God himself has shown us how to overcome the paralysis we feel in our lives. 

Jesus knew what it was like to be busy, and he was able to give people love, comfort, and hope without burning out in the process.  We can do this, too.  And when we’re feeling short of breath, we’ve got to remember that God’s Spirit will revive us.  I hope to make some of this clear Sunday morning.  Please keep me in your prayers.  I look forward to seeing you at East Point.



About PatrickBarber

Preaching Minister East Point Church of Christ Wichita, Kansas
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