Stand Up!

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 2:1-12

Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. (v. 3)

Which character in this story is most like you? With whom do you most identify? The four friends? The awestruck crowd? The scribes, who are stroking their beards, thinking: “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Who are you in this story?

Me, I’m the paralytic, this man who has hands and feet, but is not free to use them. How about you? Are your hands free, free to be extended to anyone, regardless of race, creed, color? Are your feet free, free to leave the beaten path, free to go where the crowd doesn’t go? Is your mouth free, free to speak the truth, regardless of whether or not it is popular?

Let’s be honest: we are not free. We are paralyzed by fear, many of us, afraid of what people will say, afraid of what they will think.

That is why we need to hear Jesus say to us what he said to the paralytic: “Stand up!” We don’t have to be paralyzed anymore. In Jesus Christ we are free to speak the truth as we see it, free to follow wherever the Spirit leads.

Stop worrying about what people will say. Christ has set you free. Now stand up!


Heal us of the paralysis of fear, Lord Jesus, and make us free to follow you.