fbpx

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy here!

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy now!

  • Lifestyle
  • Films
  • About Nicole
  • Press
More

    How Desperate Is Your Faith?

    Jesus is always willing. Throughout His ministry, whenever someone is brought to Him who is suffering, He heals them. When people have questions, spoken or unspoken, Jesus answers them. He doesn’t always give the answers they want, but He always answers.

    Jesus is always willing, but we aren’t always desperate. Today, I want to talk about some desperate people.

    In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), there’s a story about Jesus healing a paralytic (someone who is paralyzed). Matthew tells the story like this:

    Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2, NLT).

    Jesus then goes on to heal the man so that he can walk. Personally, I prefer the way Mark tells the story because Matthew doesn’t really tell us the setting of this miracle and sometimes setting is very important.

    Mark chapter 2, verses 1-12 tell us about the same miracle but with more details. First, Jesus was teaching in someone’s home.

    Soon the house where He was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door (Mk. 2:2, NLT).

    Soon four guys show up carrying their paralyzed friend on a pallet, which is basically a long wooden bed covered with a mat. They see that there’s no possible way to get them and the pallet carrying their friend through the crowd to get close to Jesus; the house is just too crowded. These guys know that if they can just get their friend close to Jesus, that he will be healed, so they resort to some desperate measures.

    They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above His head. Then they lowered the man on his mat right down in front of Jesus (Mk. 2:4, NLT).

    Let’s think about this for a moment.

    • These guys are carrying their friend on a pallet. Combined with the weight of both the wooden pallet and their friend, it was probably pretty heavy and it’s likely that they’d been carrying it for a while.
    • They climbed up on the roof of someone else’s home!
    • Then they dug through the roof! They dug a hole the length of a man’s body so that they could lower their friend down without tipping the pallet. Everything had to stay horizontal or their friend would fall as they tried to lower him down.
    • Then they attach ropes to the pallet and lower their friend through the hole until he’s right in front of Jesus.

    How many of you can honestly say that you would’ve gone to the same trouble for a friend of yours? I have to say, I think I would’ve just told my friends that we should come back another day when there were fewer people. I don’t know if I would’ve gone to all that trouble.

    Then the Bible says something cool.

    Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven” (Mk. 2:5, NLT).

    Did you catch that? “Seeing their faith.” Jesus didn’t forgive and heal the paralyzed man because of his faith. Jesus healed the paralyzed man because of the faith of his friends! These guys were so sure that Jesus could heal their friend that they never gave up, they risked their safety and damaged someone else’s home in order to get their friend to Jesus. That’s how desperate their faith was and it’s the kind of desperate faith that we as Christians should have.

    Girls, how would you respond if someone dug a hole in your church’s roof just to get their friend to a place filled with God’s Spirit? How do you think your church would respond? Is your faith that desperate?

    But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith”  (Mark 5:36).

    More Stories Like This on Project Inspired:

    What Is Grace REALLY All About?
    Reading the Bible: Tips on Where to Start!
    “What Do I Do If I Don’t Know My Purpose Yet?”

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    5 COMMENTS

    1. I’m reading this just as I got out of a teachers meeting at church and got yelled at for my mom waiting an extra few minutes for me to talk to fellow catechists. My parents don’t understand the strength of my faith but my faith is desperate enough to worship on my own, continue to go to church, deal with them complaining, and know that I am doing the right thing even when everyone looks at me and doesn’t understand who I am and why I do what I do. It’s hard but its worth every second, every minute, every struggle. I carry my cross without doubt because I am a disciple and I am loved and understood by God.

    Project Inspired

    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

    Read On

    ‘The Devil Had Me’ Kanye West Testifies to 12,000 Students That Jesus Saved His Life

    Over the weekend, rapper Kanye West and his Sunday Service Choir performed in front of 12,000 teenagers at a youth conference in Pigeon Forge,...

    What Effort and Investment in a Relationship Really Looks Like

    Occasionally the reason for a breakup is presented as “lack of effort.” But what does that mean? Effort in a relationship can look many...

    10 Ways to Honor God Through Social Media

    Social media can be wonderful and terrible at the same time! It manages to be connecting, addicting, fun, detrimental and so much more all...

    4 Must-See Christian Movies Coming to Theatre’s in 2020

    Over the past couple of years, more and more faith-based films have made it to the big screen.  In 2018, “I Can Only Imagine” showed...

    8 Amazing Quotes From Martin Luther King, Jr. on MLK Day

    Today we want to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by posting some of the most amazing quotes from the man who...

    Subscribe!

    Stay connected with Project Inspired.