Are ‘They’ at your Church?

October 8, 2012

This is a post by Michael Glover

In Mark 2 we find the story of the four men named ‘they’. Not named, nothing to look up on Google and show their family, just ‘they’. Let’s look at the text.

(Mark 2:2-5, 11-12 amp) 2 “And so many people gathered together that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word. 3 “Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men. “And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay. “And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him]…” (I am going to skip the lesson Jesus gives the scribes) 11 [Jesus said] “I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.” 12 “And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all…”

Powerful! You mean the faith of they resulted in healing for the paralytic?


Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!


  • Picked up
  • Carried
  • Brought
  • Lifted up
  • Dug
  • Lowered


  • Saw
  • Said


  • Arose
  • Picked up
  • Carried
  • Walked home


Have you ever been a they?

Have you ever decided I am going to pick up, and carry the paralytic (burden, illness, and problem), bring it, and lift it up to Jesus?

Have you ever fought through spiritual wickedness in high places? Ever allowed God to use you to fight principalities and powers on someone else’s behalf?

Digging through someone else’s roof is crazy!

Would you do it?

A little while back, I was under a heavy burden for someone I love dearly. Humbly I say God enlisted me to fight battles they couldn’t. It started wearing me out. Then God impressed on my mind, “Just how hard are you willing to fight for ‘the people’ you love?”

Are you kidding me? Think about that. Selah doesn’t work here. You haven’t unleashed crazy until God asks you that question.

“Just how hard are you willing to fight for the people you love?”

They dug through the roof. Then lowered him into the presence of God. Once you’ve broken through, God allows you to lower the paralytic down into His presence. Nice.

Then Jesus saw the faith of they!

They didn’t ask Jesus anything. The faith of they sealed the deal!

Jesus reversed the process. The paralytic arose, picked up his things and walked home.

  • Paralyzed-Healed
  • Lowered-Arose
  • Lifted up-Picked up
  • Brought, Carried, Picked up-Walked back

The faith of they. Once they break through, God responds, and reverses the situation.

Are they at your church?