Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry - Ephesians 4:12

John 5:1-9: Do You Want to be Made Well?

God knows how long you have been in your condition. He knows the length of your days and also how long you will remain in your situation. He has given His Word as a guide and a promise to bring us out of the waters healed and whole. But yet He asks, “Do you want to be made well?”

John 5:1-9 – “After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.”

“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?'”

“The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.”

Like the man at the pool, don’t look for an excuse to be idle. Instead of expecting something from God, ask Him what you can do for Him. If we are willing to be healed then Christ’s work is half finished. Willing vessels seek truth and abide in it. They value God’s mercy and grace and honor it through their obedience.

His Word says if man is able to work then let him work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-8, Proverbs 14:23). If work or what He promised doesn’t come then we should ask for His direction. Perhaps the door was closed to open an opportunity for another. Habakkuk 2:3 tells us to wait for the vision for will come at its appointed time. However, idle chatter robs us of being made whole because our excuses soon become sin.

The Lord is willing and able to heal and to provide. He’s looking for willing vessels to be joyful in hope, faithful in prayer, and patient in affliction. To look solely upon Him, the author and perfector of our faith.

The man at the pool had no friends to help him. Often we expect friends to help and don’t realize their enabling gets in the way of the only one who can help us. Also, there are times charity should be given and it goes ignored. The poor and needy tend to overlook the severity of others needs because their need seems greater, like the people who got in the pool to be healed before this man. We are unable to change the behaviors of others, but the one who sticks closer than a brother delights in helping us.

At the time of our conversion, we are cured from the chronic disease of sin. We become a new creation in Christ, no longer dead, but alive in Him. We rose up and walked! God’s grace was revealed to us and we were made whole. Christ is the perfect cure, but we must keep walking in faith and not stop. Your faith will be tested, and your obedience tried, but nothing is impossible with Christ.

In 2004, Lea Bates answered the call to begin a women's prison ministry and in 2007 helped pioneer a drug and alcohol regeneration center for women. She is an ordained minister living in Georgia. Lea's first book, “Before I Knew You," is available in paperback through Lulu.com.