Posted by: bshelley | September 11, 2008

Do You Wish to Get Well?

Today’s Verse: John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” NASB

One would think that this is as about as rhetorical a question as one could ask. Here the guy is sick on a mat surrounded by other sick people on mats waiting for a miracle and he is asked this really profound question. Did you know that some people do not want to get well? It sounds crazy, and maybe it is in a way. Haven’t you known people who are in very difficult situations, know it and yet don’t do what is necessary to change their circumstances? Here we are not talking about people who cannot make choices that would improve things in their life, but rather those who could but for some reason refuse. Even when things are not good, we get comfortable in the misery. The sickness or distress become who we are. Bad habits that may even be doing us physical harm are some sort of peculiar comfort and there is a very real reluctance to let go. Ask someone who has quit smoking or drinking. They understand this idea. There is as much of an emotional addiction as physical. Sin and worldliness can also be strong deceivers. The longer one has dwelt in the ways of the world, the more difficult it is to let go. Yet, they are also the ones, when they get a glimpse of the light and choose to make the change by answering the question “Yes”, that truly appreciate the miracle of restoration because of the depths from which they were rescued. Some of you also know exactly what I am talking about. It is all too easy to let calloused consciences and hearts turn away from the rescuers and choose to stay in the mire. Jesus is always at the door asking, “Do you wish to get well?” Maybe you have not chosen to take Him up on His offer as of yet. If you say yes, you will never be sorry. If you allow Him to wash you clean, you will always rejoice that you did! Hear the good news that Jesus saves (Romans 10:14), Believe what you hear (Acts 16:31), Repent of your sinfulness (Acts 2:38), Confess that Jesus is Christ, God’s Son (Luke 12:8), and be Baptized to have your sins washed away (Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21). Take up your mat and go tell that Jesus saves, Jesus restores, Jesus heals broken lives.

Lord, I rejoice that you took my broken life and restored all the years the locusts ate. Words alone cannot truly express the joy of a heart and life washed clean by Your blood. I can love even myself because You first loved. Thank you. Amen.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-john-5_6

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