Yesterday morning while in service our pastor continuously brought up “the crowds” that arose during different times in scripture. And he made a point that I just had to write down and share with you all today. People that were once disciples or followers quickly became apart of “the crowd.”
“The crowd,” people that just go with majorities rule. They sway from the right or to the left with the breeze. Usually the people in the crowd are just in the way. Our pastor read from Mark, chapter 2 .
Mark 2:1-6 NKJV
1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together , so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 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.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” 6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
Those four men stayed fixed on the Master. They knew that they had to get this man to Jesus by any means necessary. No matter what, they saw someone who needed Jesus and did what they had to, to get him there. They could have given up once they saw “the crowd” and just left the man to never know or experience Jesus. Or they could have gotten comfortable with being a part of “the crowd.” How many of us are drifting to the background and following the crowd?
As trends run rampid and individuality is almost nonexistent, I have to wonder how many of our brothers and sisters are lost in that crowd. How many are just comfortable sitting in those pews Sunday after Sunday? How many are so satisfied with their current situations that they don’t want God to do more or change things? How many people just don’t want the work, loyalty, dedication, passion that comes with going to a higher level in Christ? Sadly most are comfortable right where they are. Why? Because it’s safe there.
I went to see the movie Jobs yesterday and I found few lines to really make me think. One was this, “we have to be willing to risk failure.” See most people will not stretch themselves they feel uncomfortable. The thought of not succeeding in something new scares them. But what should scare them is the thought of doing nothing with all that God has given you.
I can admit that I have had the hardest time in my life, stepping up to the plate. That has been hard for me to say, I want to be the lead on anything. I have been comfortable playing that background person. For years!!!! But God has put me in so many situations already that have caused me to stand in front of large crowds and speak. He has made me lead on projects. He has taken me so far out of that comfort zone that at times I was convinced that I would fail. And I was right, I would fail. If I did those things on my own and apart from God. However I used Him as my strength, as my encouragement, as my motivator. He is the reason why in those positions I exceeded my own expectations. I am willing to risk failure to bring God the glory that He so rightly deserves.
Those 4 men were willing to risk failure to get one person to Jesus. What if they could not climb? What if they weren’t strong enough to pull their friend up? What if, What if? These men did not care, they were not afraid to fail trying to get this one man to Jesus.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10 NKJV
The angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner and these 4 men were determined to get one paralytic to Jesus. All it takes is people that are not afraid of failure that could have the angels in heaven rejoicing. People that do not wish to be a part of “the crowd.” The ones that do not mind standing out. The ones that will do whatever it takes to win souls for Jesus.
When we look back to Mark 2:6 we can clearly see that there were people in the crowd just to hate on the work of Jesus. They did not speak it with their lips but their hearts told it all. And since we know that Jesus is God, He is able to hear the things coming out of your heart before it even gets to coming off your lips. The evil, the love, whatever it is pouring out of your heart will pour out of you on to other people. And emotional states are very contagious, just standing as part of “the crowd” you wouldn’t want that evil spirit to jump on you. Beware that some of the people from Mark 2:6 are the closest ones to you and just as they talked about Jesus, once you are no longer a part of “the crowd” be prepared for them to talk about you.
You have to truly be set apart and stand firmly on the foundation of God. If you don’t you will quickly go from a faithful follower to a part-time believer. You will be tempted to sway where the crowd does and the heaviness of their faithlessness will begin to act as gravity and pull you down.
We have to be willing to do some things out of the ordinary in order to accomplish the
necessary for God’s glory. I am writing this to say that the true faith that you have in the Lord, will not allow you to be a groupie for Jesus in “the crowd.” That faith, that passion and love that you have for the King of Kings will require you to be set a part and stand up for a purpose far greater than yourself. Realize that those in “the crowds” are blocking the people that are seeking for and needing Jesus. Don’t be one of those Jesus blockers, be a Jesus helper and win souls for Christ.
I love you all, but God loves you so much more,
Jessie J. xoxo