“After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.” ~Mark 2:1-5 Message Bible
This scripture passage denotes one of Jesus’ many mighty miracles. A paraplegic. Healed. All miracles are awesome and wonderful. But this one in particular, I saw something that many people fail to see. Everyone usually focuses on the man that was healed, but, I’d like to pay attention to the four men that were carrying him. These men had to carry this man around every place they went and every place he wanted to go. Can you imagine how happy these men were when he got healed? This means that they no longer have to give up their entire lives to carry another grown man around. Their burden had been lifted. Now, let me ask you this…how much have YOU given up to carry someone else around spiritually and emotionally? You’re trying to go somewhere. You’re trying to reach your next level. You’re trying to reach your place of destiny. And you can’t because you are carrying someone else’s burdens everywhere you go! God has a place for you but you can’t reach your place called “there” because you’re carrying too many people in the spirit. That dead weight is slowing you down!
Yes, you love people, but you’ve got to learn how to love them enough to LET THEM GO! People will use you over and over again because you haven’t learned to say no! At some point, you’ve got to tell these spiritual freeloaders “YOU’RE TOO HEAVY FOR ME TO KEEP CARRYING!” You don’t have anything to be sad and depressed about, yet, you find yourself sad and depressed. Want to know why? Because of who you’re carrying! If you want to go higher, you’ve got to be willing to “lose some weight.” And sadly, some of the dead weight just may be family members. Love them, but love them enough to push them to seek healing for themselves. Or else, they’ll stay on your back while you carry them.
These men were so desperate so get rid of their “weight” that they climbed up on the roof (which was made of clay in that day), tore the roof off and lowered the man down to Jesus. How desperate are you to get rid of your dead weight? Some of you are afraid to hurt people’s feelings. But let me submit to you that if you don’t “hurt their feelings” you’ll never reach your full potential in God or in the marketplace. If helping you is hurting me, I’ve got to cut you loose! YOU’RE TOO HEAVY! Some people will use you until they use you up. And you know why they KEEP doing it? Because you don’t have the power to say NO! I truly believe that some things/blessings God holds back from us because we’ll take the blessing and give it to our “weight.” God wants to bless YOU, not you and your weight.
So, do as Hebrews 12:1 says and “lay aside every weight” that sets us back with such ease. Otherwise, you’ll continue to carry someone else around with you in the spirit forever. If you want to reach your place of “there” in God, learn to tell your “weight” YOU’RE TOO HEAVY!