John 5:6 – When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (NIV)
No doubt this paralyzed man at the pool was feeling sorry for himself because he said to Jesus, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred” (vs. 7). So Jesus asked him bluntly: “Do you want to get well?” He wanted to know if the man really wanted to move forward in life, or just remain the same and cry victim.
Many times people say they want to be well, but they live like victims and enjoy the attention they get from playing the part. However, in order to move forward and be whole, they must desire to get well and then take the proper steps forward to do so.
You may think Jesus’s approach to the lame man was rather cold and heartless. People often think believers don’t love others when they don’t feel sorry for those who have tough problems. But feeling sorry for someone never accomplishes anything. True compassion means loving others enough to tell them the hard truths that produce lasting change. After all, the truth is what sets people free.
Now, I ask you, “Do you want to get well?” Know this today: Whatever the nature or severity of your condition might be, the waters have been stirred. Get up and move forward. Get up and into the pool. It’s in God’s presence that you are made whole.
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