“Do you want to get well?” This question keeps circling in my head. Last year I needed to give up sugar to help cut down on the inflammation in my body. I have a list of excuses for why I never followed through. But this year I must stop and seriously ask myself, “Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked this of the man who had a disability for 38 years. He’d spent a lifetime suffering, waiting, and hoping to get to the pool when the angel came to stir the waters.
It’s interesting to note that his answer wasn’t a direct one. He doesn’t acknowledge a desire to get well. Instead, he offers an excuse for why he hasn’t been successful at the pool. And in turn, Jesus doesn’t seem to acknowledge his answer. The man’s response is met with three actions for him to take. “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
The first command Jesus issued was for the man to get up. Can you imagine what his wobbly legs, unsteady knees, and inexperienced feet thought about that directive? His cure came instantly. After his healing, it was time to get up.
Pick Up Your Mat
The mat that held him all those years was now to be held by him. After standing up, it was time to take action. No longer would he spend his days lying in wait at the pool. His bed requires a new location.
After picking up his mat, it was time to get moving. It’s time to walk away from where he was and move forward.
As we step into this new year, what commands does Jesus have for us? As for me, I know that if I want to get well, there are changes I have to make. I can’t offer Jesus any feeble excuses. It’s time for action. My healing may not be instantaneous, and that’s ok. Upward and onward, I must go if I want to get well.
Take some time to think about what God may be saying to you. Are you waiting for healing or a breakthrough in some area of your life? What is it time for you to do?
Father, You are our healer and our sustainer. You are the only true God. Help us hear Your voice and take action. In Jesus Name, Amen.