He had been coming to this pool for thirty-eight years. He was crippled, unable to move without someone helping him. The legend said that the first one in the pool after the water moved would be healed. Multitudes of sick people surrounded him. Because of his disability, someone else always got there first when the water was stirred
One day Jesus showed up and asked the crippled man, “Do you want to be made well.” Now some people might consider this to be a dumb question. After all, wasn’t it evident that this crippled man was there hoping for a miracle? However, we don’t know the whole story. But Jesus did. Maybe, the Lord knew that all the man needed to do to overcome his infirmity was to get up, take up his bed and walk.
Jesus is asking us today, “Do you want to be made well?” For as long as I can remember I have heard Christians talk about the need for revival. I and other pastors have dreamed of a great spiritual awakening. Congregations all over the world are wondering how they can keep their sick churches from dying. Meanwhile, we go into our buildings, pull the doors closed behind us, and hope for a supernatural movement to stir the waters.
Christians, it is time to stop waiting for a high-powered evangelist to bring revival. Get up, walk into your neighborhoods, and turn the world upside down with the Gospel. Pastors let’s stop preaching our puny little self-help sermonettes. Boldly preach the Word of God no matter who it offends.
When the people in the pews can no longer ignore their sins, there will soon be a great awakening. Congregations, you need to stop worrying about your church. Jesus said: “I will build My Church”! Your job is to go into the world and make disciples.
Do we want to be made well? If we do, then we have got to get up and walk. The Kingdom of God is at hand. We don’t have any time to waste. Let’s stop waiting for someone else to stir the water and go make a big splash ourselves.
I sit on my back porch drinking coffee. The air is still cool, the birds are singing and last night’s dew still glistens on the grass. Everything I see is beautiful and everything I hear is peaceful. As I sip my coffee, I am almost deceived into believing that all is well in this world.
But then I listen to the radio or watch a talking head on television and am reminded that stupidity is prevalent. Satan is the great manipulator. He has convinced people that immorality is moral and wickedness is righteous. Souls are marching to hell while flying the rainbow flag and babies are being murdered with the approval of many so called christians. And I know that the world is far from well.
Here in America we are concerned for our nation. We hope and pray that God will turn us from our sins and return us to our former righteousness. However, we make the mistake of reminiscing with rose colored glasses. You see the good old days were not that good and this country has never been righteous. Understand this, God is not going to save America because God does not save nations, He saves people.
But there is cause for optimism. Our God still reigns and always will. It is true because of our prosperity many Americans think that God is unnecessary. However the Light of Salvation is driving out darkness in all the nations of the world. In Habakkuk 1:5 we read, “Look at the nations and observe — be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.”
Yes, God is answering our prayers for revival. Great awakenings are happening all around the world. Just not in our neighborhood. An inconvenient truth for children of God is this. Salvation does not come from works less any man should boast but revival is all about us working for and bragging on God.
When the children of Israel were trapped between Pharaoh and the Red Sea they cried out to God. God told them it was time to quit talking and start walking. Jesus commands us to “ Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.” Prayer is important. But the bottom line is this, until we are willing to stop talking and start walking there will be no revival in our neighborhood.