Oct 18, 2009

Sunday Soakings - What do you WANT?

John 5:1-9  1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[b] 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"  7"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." 8Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
This passage is the passage my Pastor preached last weekend.  As he read it and went into his sermon, I couldn't stop reading and re-reading the passage and thinking about the question the Pastor posed... what do YOU want?

Here was this man who intentionally made his way to this pool, where other invalids also go, to hang out, and to just hang around until a miracle happened.  Then Jesus came, and asked him "Do you want to get well?"  At first glance it sounds like a dumb question, what man, who after being an invalid for 38 years, DIDN'T want to get well?  If you stop for a moment, as usual, Jesus isn't asking the obvious.

I have been a believer my whole life.  When my Sunday school teacher gave me the opportunity to accept Christ when I was 9 years old, I went home and talked to my mommy about it, and she prayed "the sinner's prayer" with me.  Like many, I wandered along in my faith without any true understanding of what it meant to LIVE as a Christian.  I never was a crack addict living on the street, selling my body as a prostitute.  I just lived a luke-warm life. I sinned and then went to great lengths to excuse, justify, explain or wave them off.  I lived years in this state, a young woman who knew the truth, had the key to freedom, but chose to live shackled in my sin cell.  I simply refused to repent, to ask for help, forgiveness or to truly seek to be saved from my destructive choices.

What does all of this have to do with the above passage and musing?  I WAS the invalid who went to the pool every day.  I was waiting for a miracle to help me to live my life upright, but Jesus came to me, more than once and asked me "Do you want to get well?" and I pretended like I couldn't hear him.

It wasn't until I got into college that I realized that I was wasting my abundant life.  What about you?  How much do you hang out by the pool as an invalid?  How many times has Jesus put his hand out to you and said "Pick up your mat and WALK" and you made an excuse for why you couldn't make him the Lord over your weekends, your wallet, your weight, your relationships?  How many times do you use an excuse to skip church (fellowship with other believers), reading your Bible, prayer.  How often do you ignore or excuse active sin in your life?

"Do you want to get well?" 

You just need to reach out your hand and take His hand.  No more excuses.



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4 comments:

  1. This is such an AMAZING post! I totally tweeted it. :)

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  2. Wonderful teaching & insight.Those are questions we all need to ask ourselves. Great post.
    ~Myrna

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  3. you can preach this at our church any day..

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