Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
“Get Up and Walk”
Over the years, as a Pastor I have encountered folks who feel like an accident, more who feel stuck, others who feel lost, and many whose dreams for themselves did not turn out like the expectation they or others had of them. Today we are going to look at an individual in John 5 who was lost and stuck almost his whole life. I believe when Jesus healed him he did not just heal him physically, but healed his heart with a sense of purpose.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (NRSV)
We often say with our lips we want more of God in our lives. But do we really? Do we want the Creator of the Universe meddling in our lives?
If we want God to do a miracle in our lives, we must first be willing for God to intervene.
8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” (NRSV)
If we want God to do a miracle in our lives we must also take steps of trust.
Change is scary, even healing is scary because when Jesus says get up and walk, we can assume that Jesus is going to lead us somewhere. As we start to let Jesus intervene and meddle in our lives, over time we start to take small steps of trust. Many of us want external miracles! We want God’s intervention in our circumstances. But maybe, just maybe we need God to do an internal miracle first in our heart if we are to truly understand miracles and the power of God. If we want to have purpose and power in our lives we first must let God intervene and do miracles in our hearts by helping us to become willing and help us take steps of trust.
1. Why does Jesus ask the man if he wants to be healed? What is that about?
2. Why do you think it would have been hard for the man to hear Jesus words get up and walk?
3. What prevents us from being healed?