Stop Waiting for a Move, and Start One!

Stop Waiting for a Move, and Start One

Stephen Shives

…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?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” … John 5:1-15
In this passage of scripture, we learn of a place where from time to time, God would stir a pool of water and miraculously heal the first one who got in. We also learn of an excuse that “didn’t hold water.” You know the kind I mean. Like when the kids tell you they didn’t have time to clean their room today; but they HAVE managed to sneak in a couple of hours of cartoons. TRUTH IS, children learn from our example. OH that hurts!
Here are a few observations from “the pool.”
Many miracles had been witnessed – It was a well-known fact that people’s lives had been miraculously changed at this location. People witnessed the results!
Many people watched but were NEVER healed – The Bible tells us that the first one in the pool received healing for their body. So basically, whoever wanted it the most, was first in line to get there.
The routine was well established – This story also lets us know that there were five covered colonnades around this pool. It had become a sort of social activity for people to “hang out” where the action was. In relation to the church today, I call them “Poolside Christians.” They may go to church or observe some religious traditions; but they never fully commit to a total transformation of life.
“Do you want to get well?” This was the question that Jesus asked the man. It is the question that each of us must also answer for ourselves. It is interesting that this man somehow managed to make it to the pool everyday (in spite of his physical limitations) to observe what was going on, but then blamed his lack of a miracle on others. I’ve found that although there are many who could use a miracle from God in their own life, they don’t necessarily WANT God to move them out of the “Comfort Zone” they have created for themselves.
Perhaps things don’t seem to be going very well… OK, maybe your life is an ABSOLUTE MESS! Don’t buy the lie that it’s just the way it is, that things will never change, and you’ll just have to “get used to it.” God really wants you to live a productive and fulfilled life that honors Him. And He will help you every step of the way. It is not enough just to believe something. Genuine faith is not passive - it is active. The question is: Do you want your miracle enough to stop waiting for a move and start one? The race cannot begin until the drivers are in position and the engines are running.
You can begin moving in the right direction today. Chances are, you’ve been procrastinating on something that you know once you get it done will make you feel better, and perhaps free up your mind to consider even more productive things. You know what is in your heart to do: diet, exercise, get your finances under control, mend a relationship, volunteer, finish a household project and the list could go on and on. Stop waiting for things to change by themselves. If you will take responsibility and begin act on the little things, God will honor your integrity and soon have you accomplishing more than you ever imagined.
Begin with Passion
The motion picture, “The Passion of the Christ” has certainly gotten its fair share of recognition over the years. What is it you would die for? Jesus’ passion is for mankind, and He gave his life to prove it.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
What are you so passionate for, that you will joyfully overcome any pain and suffering that comes with the package? We certainly should not expect a movie to change the world, but PASSION will. And passion is something that I do know. There is power in passion. You cannot be a passionate Christian and settle for a humdrum, religious routine. Those who truly know Christ and have a relationship with Him find it impossible to hide. Likewise, passion acts as a catalyst for success in nearly every other area of your life.
We lose our passion when something that was once very meaningful to us becomes unimportant. A marriage falls apart when spouses let go and stop fighting for the relationship for which they once would have died. An employee becomes unproductive when career becomes no more than a boring routine. Children are neglected when a parent is sidetracked by career and personal agendas. The lie is that, “There’s always tomorrow.” The truth is, there are but a few things that each of us have been uniquely designed to give our attention to today. These are the things that make life worth living.
The challenge: Continually evaluate your priorities. What comes first to you? I know you have to pay the bills. But many of those bills are a result of having the wrong priorities to start with. I believe we should all have a “Conflict of Interest” clause written into our personal agenda. If we find ourselves about to do (or buy) anything that puts our faith, marriage or family at risk, we need to stop for a reality check (and a swift kick in the rear).
You cannot be genuinely passionate about many different things. Christ had but one agenda: To give hope to the human race, by taking our place as a permanent sacrifice for our sin. Christ’s model of passion requires us to go “Above and beyond” the world’s expectations. No one is impressed with people who do things half-heartedly. Awards are not won and lives are not changed by mediocrity. When it’s all said and done, and your body is buried or your ashes are thrown to the wind, reality will be: Anything that cost you less than everything, is worth nothing in regard to eternity. So, “Store up for yourself treasures in heaven, where rust does not destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20
Has your fire died? What used to be so important to you, but has become routine and ordinary? Get your passion back. It begins with your relationship with the One who created you. After all, He died to give you a reason to live.