Innovation – Stop and Think – Day 25

Today’s reading – Mark 2:1-12

If you want to see the unexpected, you have to be willing to do something drastic.

When was the last time you were facing a problem and stopped to say the two simple words, ‘what if?’ Seems simple enough right?  But not so fast.  Most of us have a default setting in our mind that has a hard time thinking outside of the box.  We all desire change but we intuitively know the cost and the process to get to the desired outcome will be too high to pay.  So we revert to the old habit, the dependable sure thing.  Many times we miss the voice of God and the possibility of a new innovation and a far better end because of a lack of transformation in our thinking.  So how do we get there?

“Be willing to think differently and your life will change trajectory.”

“We never saw anything like this.” Mark 2:12


There is a story in the Bible about a paralytic who had 4 friends that desired to see something different in his life.  They wanted this so much that they carried their friend who couldn’t even walk to the place where Jesus was staying. They did this because they thought Jesus could perform a miracle and heal him.  The problem was, when they came to the door they couldn’t get him through because the entryway and house was jammed packed with people.  So what did they do?  They asked, ‘what if?’  They INNOVATED.  They then hoisted the man onto the roof and began to cut a hole in the roof and lowered the man into the room where Jesus was teaching.  One of those men had to think it would be impossible for Jesus to ignore him if they were willing to do this outlandish, unconventional, unexpected thing.  As Jesus saw this, he forgave the man’s sins and healed him.  The man walked out because four men were willing to think differently about how to get the man to Jesus.


I want a different outcome.  I don’t want to keep going with my perspective.  I want to be so immersed in the presence of God that he transforms my thinking and ultimately people are healed because of my willingness to think in ways that are unconventional.


Innovation Motivation…


1.  Compassion – The driving force –  I want to be the type of person that thinks and acts towards justice for the disadvantaged.  There are so many problems to be solved and people who need a simple word and touch from Jesus.  ALL of us can do something, but it will probably mean we will need to deviate from our course.  Be willing to let compassion drive the day. Find the hurting and bring them hope.


2. Determination – Let nothing stand in the way –  The men in the above story could have just quit and reasoned it was too difficult to get the paralytic man to Jesus, but they didn’t.  A dream without disciplined thinking leads to despair.  We are to discipline our thinking by pushing forward at all cost because we believe in the cause of what we are doing.  Go cut a hole in a roof.


3. Get Comfortable – With the unconventional Something happened in that interaction Jesus had with the man on that day.  It was never heard of that a man could forgive sins.  However, Jesus forgave the sins of the man, then he healed him.  He saw the faith of the man and because of it, he walked out of the room totally healed.  Maybe if our faith increased we would see miracles. Do something courageous.


I want to be a part of a movement where people say, “we never saw anything like this.”  I believe God is willing.  What miracles are worth believing God for?  I would love to interact below.




Josh Conn is the founding pastor of217church, a contemporary church in Mercer County NJ.  217church meets Sundays at 9:30am & 11:00am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ.  Visit for more information, or watch a weekend message here.

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4 thoughts on “Innovation – Stop and Think – Day 25

  1. More Free long term (7-12 months) inpatient programs for heroin addicts/other drug addictions

    More sanitary shelters for the homeless

    More resources and support for healthcare providers to provide free clinics around the world for the disadvantaged

    For these programs to resolve the opioid crisis, homelessness, and for all to have access to healthcare .. that is the miracle I courageously believe God for … and I am will to be part of … too ambitious ?

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