A retiring farmer in preparation for selling his land, needed to rid his farm of animals.
So he went to every house in his town.

To the houses where the man is the boss, he gave a horse.
To the houses where the woman is the boss, a chicken was given.

He got toward the end of the street and saw a couple outside gardening. "Who's the boss around here?" he asked.
"I am." said the man. "
I have a black horse and a brown horse," the farmer said, "which one would you like?"

The man thought for a minute and said, "The black one."
"No, no, no, get the brown one." the mans wife said.

"Here’s your chicken." said the farmer.

Mark 2:3-4
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

Faith in Christ is both substance and evidence.
Faith is the substance of full reliance upon an eternal, loving Savior.
Faith is evidenced by action exhibiting its presence in our lives.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11 is sometimes called “The Heroes of Faith Chapter.”
Those mentioned there (Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, etc) gave evidence of their faith!

In Mark 2:3-4, above, we see two evidences of faith.

First, faith is exhibited in compassion.
The man who was unable to bring himself to Christ, was “bourne” by four others.
They literally carried him to Jesus.

Second, faith is exhibited by inventiveness.
When the four men could not get the crippled man through the crowd, they literally “tore up the roof!”
Then, they let the man down by cords while he lay on his bed.

Christians, are you exhibiting your faith?
Knowing those who are lost are headed for an eternal hell, are you exhibiting compassion?
When their ears are “hard of hearing,” are you exhibiting inventiveness to tell them the Gospel?

Love ya!