“When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 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. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’ […] Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!'”
~Mark 2: 1-5, 10b-11 [NLT]
What is Beautiful Desperation?
Beautiful Desperation is when you realize you’re at the point where there is nothing you can physically do to get out of your situation, so therefore you run to God.
It is the point you are pushing yourself so hard to be in God’s presence, because that is the only place you know that has proven to show results of breakthrough.
Beautiful Desperation is when you stop caring about how foolish you may look as long as you are brought to the savior’s heart.
Beautiful Desperation is a state that every Christian should enter into at least once in their walk with Christ.
In Mark 2 recount of the paralyzed man’s story, the four men carrying him to see Jesus they were met with an obstacle… Jesus was surrounded by a dense crowd of people. It seemed to be that there was absolutely no way to get through all these people who were probably excited, talking loud, and jumping like maniacs trying to get a glimpse of the man whom they heard rumors of.
Knowing that it wouldn’t be feasible to go through the heavy crowd of people the five men could have counted their loses and chose to leave empty handed. But instead of allowing their circumstances to dictate their future the men thought of a more creative way around the wall of people. They climbed up the building and dug a hole in the ceiling to lower their friend into the room.
Something you need to notice from Mark 2 is that not one recorded action was performed by the paralyzed man until he was healed. There may come a time when the hand you are dealt will leave you so numb to the point where you can’t do anything for yourself. That is why having people so consumed with the spirit of God in your life is a must. God wants us to spiritually intercede on the behalf of our family through Christ and that is exactly what the four men did.
They came together to be the supporting structure of the paralyzed man. They carried him, along with his baggage, to Jesus. No matter how long the journey was, carrying a man for any amount of time would cause a physical strain on the four men. Their love and faith allowed for them to endure with their friend.
Not only did they carry the paralyzed man to the home Jesus was staying at, but they also lifted him to the roof of the home, dug a hole and lowered him right in front of Jesus.
Really think about it! These four men loved the fifth man so much that it compelled them to carry him up a building just to lower him into that building. They literally took their time to make an opening in the ceiling, which was the final thing that separated them from the blessing they wanted from Jesus.
These four friends were desperate to see a change in his life. They knew the paralyzed man needed help!
Those closest to us know the pains of our heart. They know the very thing that cripples us. So when life is so heavy for us that we can’t bring ourselves to God, there they will be carrying us. But just because they are there it doesn’t mean that we are to remain limp in our situation. Be beautifully desperate and push on into God’s arms where you will find rest.
And in the men’s desperation for healing, Jesus saw it more fitting and important for the paraplegic man to first receive forgiveness. Forgiveness of our sins is more important than the healing we are searching for. If God wasn’t forgiving our sins then we couldn’t be made holy through the sacrifice of Jesus’ body (Hebrews 10:10). Without forgiveness we would be condemned to an eternal separation from God because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Every time we sin we are supposed to die, and spiritually we are. With every sin we commit we are moving farther away from God, the ultimate source of life.
The healing we are seeking is a result of sin that entered life. We are looking to be fixed, but God is looking to forgive us so that our eternity can be spent with him with out sickness, pain, sorrow, or hurt (Revelation 7: 15-17). But after forgiving our sins God will heal our broken bodies and hearts in the ways he see’s fit, that way we can be a walking testimony of his glory. In order for God to be able to forgive and heal us, we must remove ourselves from isolation and surround ourselves with his people who are desperate for him. As well as, we must be willing to push beyond our limits and allow others to help push back our barriers.
Create your own definition for “beautiful desperation.” How can you apply it to your personal life? Start engaging in activities that push you beyond your comfort zone so you can more deeply worship the God who gave you life. If your aren’t surrounding yourself with Spirit filled people then start building new relationships. I know it’s hard but we need to be deeply rooted with other’s in God. If those around you love God then continue to love on them, support them, be vulnerable with them, and intercede on their behalf through prayer.