Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.” Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.
You may have heard that story before. All with a different point to a sermon or quote. I read this the other day and thought of something I never had before. There is so much to be unpacked in the Word of God and sometimes gold nuggets are just too obvious.
God has been addressing complacency in me and used this instance in the Word to drive a point home. His Word divides! Here we have a lame man. Jesus walks up to him, discerning the time he has been lsyinh there and asks him a question that should have an obvious answer. “Do you want to be made well?” But the obvious response didn’t come, it wasn’t a resounding, “YES!”
Here is what the response to Jesus’ question was instead:
The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”
Now, think about this, the scripture says he had been laying by the pool for 38 years. “Do you mean to tell me Frank, (we will call him Frank for the points sake)…that you couldn’t ask or find ANY ONE PERSON for 38 years to put you in the stinking pool?” That’s me asking, but I bet Jesus was thinking the same thing. This is your “reason”? You can’t get in the pool? The answer is right in front of you! Man, I think I would be army crawling it in there to be made well.
By his answer, we can gather that he really was ok and satisfied to be lame and hanging out by Angel stirred waters. I read that, in that context, and was highly convicted. God began to show me all the areas I am “lame” in, and how I am demonstrating that I am ok with it.
Our complacency, or self satisfaction in life is a robber of our purpose in Christ. It miscarries the kingdom Destiny within us before it can fully begin.
Complacency can look something like this….I get rocked in life by an event, hit the bottom floor and decide to go all in towards God. I run full speed and get so enamored by Him that I begin to sit on it. Over some time, I’m ok with running on the fumes of my once full God tank. Our relationship now is on auto pilot. I’m not pursuing Him and my call and He can’t bless the work of my hands because I’m sitting on them. Ive just become complacent.
The thing is, it’s so easy to do! Its so easy for our flesh to become comfortable and satisfied that we come up with our own reasons as to why we aren’t getting in the pool. In that pool lies all answers to all things. In that pool is total healing that we can get and give to others in Jesus’s name.
Take a good look inward at areas in your life that you are satisfied in and comfortable with. Your marriage, your health, your parenting tactics, your relationship with God to name a few. Challenge those areas in light of God’s word and see if you are matching up with what He says you can be and what you can have.
If it’s not exactly what God has to offer don’t accept it!
Your complacency is robbing you of what God said about you. Pick up your mat and walk! Pick up the thing that you are cozy on and get a move on. I find it interesting that Jesus didn’t just say “get up and walk.” You gotta roll up and put away that thing that causes you to be comfortable and sit. Do it today! Put complacency far from you and jump in the pool.