The second session of the “Compelled by Love” Northwest Youth Conference was lead by Jeffery Portmann (our Network Youth Director). He shared on what it means to truly live life on purpose.

The Bible reads, “And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.’ And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Rise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic—’Rise, pick up your bed and go home.’ And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (Matthew 9:1-8, ESV).

Portmann contends, “They had to bring their friends to Jesus – but we now bring Jesus to our friends.” So who are the “paralytics” in your life? Those who need healing – they just don’t know how to get there? Maybe they don’t know how (or Whom) to ask? Maybe they have no idea where to look?

Or maybe they can’t seem to find their way? They have no strength left. No fight. Maybe they have arrived in a place where they know Jesus should be found but the house is full? Is there is no room for them there?

Will this be the end of the story? Or will you use what you have, to reach who you are with, and right where you are? Pray. Give. Go. Serve.

What limits will you go to? Does this mission matter? Portmann challenges, “Whatever it takes means whatever it takes.”


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