“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 🙂
In yonder years gone by, the Beatles sang this song & when I read the lyrics, I think it had something to do with getting high. I still like the idea, however, of getting & giving help to others. What’s made me think about this today is watching a guy sit & do nothing to help a crippled lady who was totally struggling to open a door. I looked into his eyes after she finally got the door open & he was completely indifferent. To this apathy, I found myself becoming outraged!!
Then I started thinking about this lady’s observable disability – I was extremely motivated to help her when I saw her need. But I felt the Holy Spirit ask me if I was equally as motivated to help those who do not have an observable disability. Just because someone looks put together & functional on the outside doesn’t mean that they’re not falling apart or disabled on the inside. I can’t count the number of times that the Holy Spirit has helped me through various people when I’ve been falling apart on the inside & trying to look put together on the outside. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to freely express His help and character through us as we help others regardless of how they look on the outside.