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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.