When to Quit

“He’s too heavy.  This is a stupid idea.  It’s awkward to carry him.  There are too many people.  This won’t work.  I’m tired.  We might drop him.  We’d have to rip open the roof.”

There’s a paralytic dude in Luke 5 whom Jesus heals.  But this story isn’t quite that simple.  Indeed, when I thought about what happened to get this paralytic dude in front of Jesus, it pretty much floored me (no pun intended).  In these verses, some guys decided to carry the paralytic to Jesus for healing.  But it turned out to be more complicated than the simple steps of: pick up, carry & get him healed.

The men who set the paralytic dude in front of Jesus decided that nothing would deter them from getting the man in front of Jesus, NOT:

  • his paralysis which made him heavy & cumbersome
  • the crowds that made it impossible to get the paralyzed man in the door (or possible window)
  • hoisting the paralyzed man on the roof
  • tearing open the roof
  • lowering a paralytic from the roof to get him smack in front of Jesus

Perhaps it may take some extra effort to help get someone in front of Jesus, but be certain that an encounter with genuine Jesus is worth any effort, sacrifice or inconvenience 🙂

Heavy Lifting

  
Ever feel like sometimes life can be too heavy or even overwhelming? I find that I go through various seasons & experiences that can exceed my wisdom, strength & capacity – I think that perhaps this could be divine design. At the end of the story, we aren’t created to do life effectively without God being integrated into our lives. 
So let’s be sure that we let Jesus carry our world because He absolutely has the whole world in His hands. So what are the burdens or weights in your life that you could put in Jesus’ hands? Let’s be very clear that nothing in your life is too heavy, complicated or overwhelming for Jesus!