“When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:1-5
A few thoughts came to me the other day while reading through this account again of Jesus healing the paralytic brought to him on a mat.
How creative will we be to remove barriers so people can get to Jesus and hear the message? To what lengths are we willing to go? It wasn’t the faith of the man needing healing that caught Jesus’ attention, but rather the bold faith of the men going the extra mile for the man needing healing.
Might it be the same thing that sometimes catches Jesus’ attention today? Are we willing to go the second mile for people to make sure they can get to the feet of Jesus? Will we help remove barriers that often keep people from positioning themselves in the places Jesus can be heard? Do our hearts send a loud and clear message: You belong HERE and we will go out of our way to prove it to you!
Because the truth is, there are people on mats all around us…broken hearts and paralyzed lives… in need of the healing words of Jesus. Will we boldly grab hold of a mat and proclaim in our hearts: “there is hope and we are determined to go to any lengths possible to assure you get a front row seat to it!”