1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed, 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
John 5:1-9 (ESV)
Whenever the New Year comes, there are so many guarantees and promises we may make to ourselves. For me, I have challenged myself to read more, write clearer, and—the one that I am sure everyone does— get healthier. It makes me think of Jesus in John 5:6 “… do you want to be healed?”
This was a huge question to be asked, especially from Jesus. Can you imagine if the man said, “Nah, I’m good, I don’t need to be healed.” If you really think about it, we constantly say “Nah, I’m good” through our actions.
We pray for better health but never change the way we eat or even step foot in the gym. Or we want to save money, but every time we go to Target we think we are a Rockefeller. How many times in our life does Jesus give us the opportunity to “pick up our beds, and walk”?
I truly believe that Jesus is calling us to “get up”. Just like the man in this verse, some of us have sat for a long time, praying for a change. The New Year can be the year that we choose to get up, to get up and pray. In 2018, we can chose to get up and eat healthier. This year can be the year to get up and start serving in that area that you felt called to but keep running away from.
God, I pray that this is the year we get up and go after you like never before. I pray there is a radical movement inside of our hearts that is stirred up from you. I thank you for the opportunity to see another year. Let us not take this life or this New Year for granted. I pray that this is the year of the “get up”. In Jesus name, amen.