Daily D – John 5:14
After this, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”
JOHN 5:14 (CSB)
Remember how this story began. Jesus found this man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years and asked a simple, powerful question: “Do you want to get well?”
He did want to get well. Jesus made him well. In his wellness, he got in trouble for breaking a guideline that was cherished more than the law it pretended to protect.
Jesus found this man he had healed in the temple. This tells us something about this man we would hope would be true. He walked into the temple most likely to give praise and thanksgiving to God. When Jesus found him, he spoke a word of warning.
We live our lives between Jesus’ question and his directive.
“Do you want to get well?” When we affirm that we do want to get well, further instruction is necessary. This man’s way of life changed abruptly and appreciably. What did his new standing, walking status make possible?
“Do not sin anymore.” In essence, Jesus asks, “Do you want to stay well?” Staying well is often the hard part. New discipline is required. Limitations and focus are necessary. There may be painful therapy involved. Trust me on this.
Sadly, many people do not want to stay well.
Do you want to stay well? What are the top three things you need to do day by day to maintain or improve your physical and spiritual health? What do you need to do to maintain or improve your emotional and relational wellbeing?
Today is a good day to go to church and give God praise for who he is and thanksgiving for what he has done for you. It is a good day to create that list of personal disciplines you will turn into rituals that lead to life-giving habits. Today is a good day to live in the fullness of what your wellness makes possible.
Do you want to get well?
Do you want to stay well?
I will be and do well.
Our Father, thank you for the health and wellness you have brought to my body in recent days. I want to stay well. Empower me to establish rituals that will create life-giving habits so that I may stay well and do well. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”