The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’
I love the simplicity of the answer that is given here. If you had been paralyzed and bedridden for 38 years you’d probably listen to any instruction that your healer gave you as well. I personally give the critical crowd a little grace. All these men knew was their religion. Their life, their faith, their career, their everything greatly hinged on the law they felt was being violated.
There is so much we could take from this. I have seen so many people, after having a genuine encounter with Jesus, begin to make life decisions that make little sense to others. Most people are trying to live as good a life as they can by building a career, raising a family, building some wealth and just simply being a good person. It’s amazing how our perspective changes when we have a personal encounter with God almighty. Our career isn’t just about building a business, but is now about building a kingdom. Raising a family is no longer just about providing food, shelter, and security, but begins to be about raising up a generation of world changers. Wealth isn’t so much about what our bank statement is telling us, but about what we’ve invested in that has an eternal return.
I love these encounters. It baffles those who have yet to encounter the real and living God in such a way. For those who were blind and now see, or were bound and are now free, obedience to our Savior’s voice will far outweigh any cultural expectation, religious tradition, or popular opinion. For those who don’t get why we would lay down our life, our plans, our passions, die to self, and live for another Man, I’m praying that they will have encounters with Him the same way that I did.
So let’s do it! Pray the church would host God in a way that any wanderer can encounter Him. Ask the Lord to use you as an extension of His presence and power. Obey when His Spirit prompts you to pray out, lay hands, or to speak life.