Do you want to be made well?

 

John 5: 6… He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” That seems like a rhetorical question; one not meant to be answered. The answer would seem very obvious. Who wouldn’t want to be made well? Jesus asked him because he knew there was a part of him that didn’t want to do what it would take to be made well. He had to walk away from his sin. We don’t know what that sin was. But Jesus was asking for him to give it up. Sin can become so familiar to us that we become comfortable in it. Jesus wants to change that. Change is difficult. Many times it demands a great personal cost. While everyone wants to be well, not everyone wants it bad enough to pay the price. Are you willing to do what it takes? The man did not answer. He blamed others. He said, “I have no one to help me.” Jesus said, “Get up.” That’s what He says to us. Get up. This has kept you down long enough. Get up. Do this! You don’t need anyone’s help. You have Me. I am all that you need. Don’t say, “I can’t.” In doing so, you are essentially saying, “I won’t.” Change your mind! Nothing will change in your life until you change your mind.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

There is nothing you can’t do! This man had come to feel this is the way it would always be. He seemed to be telling Jesus that he can’t catch a break. He was feeling sorry for himself. And the more he looked at himself, the worse he became. Sometimes that’s the way it is with us. We get used to the way things are. Comfortable in chaos. We don’t like change. Even if it’s for the better. Change makes us uncomfortable. We don’t like what’s required. Jesus wanted to do more than a physical healing here. He had some soul work to do. But it had to start with the renewing of his mind. This man had a choice to make. Repent. Change his mind. Agree with Jesus and go in the other direction. Live. Truly live. Or stay put. Paralyzed. Unable to move. Sometimes it’s easier to stay where we’re at. It takes determination. It takes moment to moment trust in Christ to overcome sin that has held us captive for so long. He chose to get up and walk.

Hebrews 12: 1… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

Your life can change. Today. Do this. Get up and walk. Be free.