Doers & duffers

It’s one of the most familiar stories in the Gospels.  Four guys hack their way through a roof and lower their paralyzed friend to the feet of Jesus.  He is healed, and more often than not, that divine act offended some.

Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.  And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was.  So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this?  Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  (Mark 2:3-6; see Mark 2: 1-12 for full story)

Here’s the thing:  Those four friends were DOERS.  Doers are crazy.  Who would have thought to hoist their friend upon a roof and break through to Jesus?  Most people would have tried to squeeze their way through the crowd…  “Excuse me please, coming through…  a little space here please, sorry about that.”

Doers are messy.  These guys didn’t clean up after themselves.  Debris fell everywhere.  One can only imagine Jesus taking His place in the center of room.  Then just as He opens His mouth to teach, He looks around and takes a few steps to the right.  As He teaches, there’s suddenly a loud pounding on the roof.  Dirt, wood, thatch, and pigeons all come crashing to the floor, right where Jesus was standing!  There’s always fallout when you serve Jesus.

And doers are determined.  A sold out crowd?  No worries, we’ll just think outside that box.  Standing room only?  Sure, on the ground.  And remember, all this time these guys are dragging their poor friend around:  from the street corner to the crowd to the back yard then up a ladder.  Nothing stopped them from getting their friend to Jesus.

Then there are the DUFFERS, those guys who just sit around on their duffs and complain.  They are selfish, critical, old fogies.  Nothing matters but them, their egos, and their place in the world.  In fact, I have little time for them, much less anything to say here.

People hear about Jesus when crazy, messy, determined Christians crash through the barriers that block the way to the The Way of the Master.

People die and go to hell when selfish, critical, old fogies sit in the way of The Way.

Be a DOER, not a DUFFER.

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