In the game of poker, four aces is one of the highest hands a player can receive, second only to a Royal Flush. Another great hand in poker is a full house, but four of a kind will always beat a full house. Keep this in mind.
Mark 2:1-5, tells a story of friendship and evangelism. During the first couple of verses we are introduced to a paralytic man and his four friends. They hear that Jesus is near by and they know this could be their friends only chance of a healing. So they pick up his bed, with him on it and carry their friend, paralytic man, to Jesus. However, when they get there, the house in where Jesus is preaching/teaching is full. It is full to the point where there is no room even to get in the door. Disappointed and heartbroken the four friends and their paralytic friend feel like they missed their chance. Until they get creative and devise a plan to dig through the roof of the house. So the four friends carry their friend to the roof and begin digging. The houses back in Biblical days had stairs on the outside which led to a flat roof. The roof consisted of a composite material which included grass, clay and wooden strips. So picture this, four guys clawing, digging, beating, bleeding and aching their way through this roof just so their friend can get to Jesus. What an awesome story, but how does it apply to us? Lets look at this story in depth.
- Unable to Stand
- Was at the mercy of others
4 Friends – Philippians 2:1-4
- Same mind – Romans 8:5-6 (attitude)
- Same love – John 15:13 (agape – unconditional love)
- Same spirit – spirit means “in one accord”
- Same purpose – They were not going to give up until their purpose was fulfilled
Many of us have friends like the paralytic man. They are paralyzed spiritually. They are unable to stand for anything, weak in their mind-set and faith and spiritually at the mercy of others. Theses four friends understood what the definition of a Godly-friend. They overcame all obstacles to get their friend to Jesus. This should be our goal, as believers, to get our unbelieving friends to Jesus at all cost. You will have to get your hands dirty, it might hurt and you might have to dig, but it is worth it. The main reason why the four friends succeeded is because they had the same mind, same love, same spirit and same purpose. These four friends succeed in their purpose to get the paralytic man to Jesus. In doing so the man was healed; his life was changed. The man was healed because Jesus “saw THEIR faith” [v.5]. These four friends were not just the vehicle to get the paralytic to Jesus; their faith was a key part in the healing process. Not only it is important to bring people to Jesus, it is also important to believe in their total healing.
Philippians 2:3-4, ” Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Are you being a Godly-friend? Are you answering the call to share the good news of Christ? Are you the paralytic? if so, look for your four of a kind.
Remember, 4 of a kind will ALWAYS BEAT a full house!