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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.