Would you like to get well?

by Larry Hehn on March 27, 2012

sick dogInside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” – John 5:2-6

Before Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, he asked him one simple question.

“Would you like to get well?”

Because Jesus knew.

Some of us wouldn’t.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we won’t get as much attention.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we’ll have to give up our charity handouts, and go back to working for a living.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we’ll have to control our appetites rather than allow them to control us.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we’ll have to repair the damage we caused while we were sick.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we’ll have to ask forgiveness and admit that we were wrong.

Some of us don’t want to get well because we’re too proud to admit that we’re sick in the first place.

Some of us don’t want to get well, because sometimes it’s easier to just stay sick.

Been there, done that.

We don’t want to be told that we’re sick.

We want someone to tell us that we’re fine just the way we are.

We want to follow our own desires, and look for teachers who will tell us whatever our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).

And some of us will get really angry if anyone tries to point out that we’re sick.

But we all are.

Yes, all.

Are you ready to admit it?

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” – Mark 2:17

Would you like to get well?

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Shelley March 28, 2012 at 12:27 am

Yup, I’m sick. Trying to get better in some areas – can’t work on everything at once. It’s not easy, but then we aren’t promised that it will be easy.
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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

So true, Shelley. I think John White put it well in his book The Fight.
“God does not change you by magic. No wand will be waved over your head so that your deepest problems vanish overnight. There may be breakthroughs, sudden insights, glorious experiences. But the major work of transformation will be slow and often deeply painful.”

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Peter Graham March 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

Larry, I love the way you’ve exposed the truth here. The truth is that we don’t do stuff if there’s nothing in it for us! If there was nothing in it for us we wouldn’t do it! Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s in it for us, but that’s why we have friends – so they can tell us where we have traded something good, like health, for something not so good, like not having to be diligent about our diet. OK, my diet.

Thanks Larry!

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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I love it when truths like this come up and we can each apply them to different parts of our lives, if we’re willing. Thanks, Peter!

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Chris Gagner March 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I’ve read that many times.. and I’ve just kinda glazed over that question. Kinda like, “Yea.. ok.. he want’s to know if he wants to get well.” Never have I applied that to how he stands and knocks at the door of our hearts, asking the same question.

Thanks once again Larry.

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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

My pleasure, Chris. Glad you stopped by!

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Jason Stasyszen March 29, 2012 at 1:26 am

I preached a message on Sunday about why Christians often refuse to feed themselves and want everyone else to take care of them. One of the areas I talked about was our past hurts that we refuse to let Jesus heal. You hit the nail on the head here. I’ve often thought about this passage and felt this was an incredible question. Jesus was inviting him into a complete life transformation just as He invites us. It’s not to be taken lightly but how could we refuse? Thanks Larry.
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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I definitely want the results, but I’m usually reluctant to go through what it will take to get there. Thank you, Jason!

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Carol Rives March 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

Sometimes we have to be sick in order to trust that He will make us well. For me, it’s when everything is going “well” that I take Him for granted the most. Being well can be in the form of physical, emotional or spiritual wellness, and these past few years have really made me focus on how all three feed off of one another, for the good or the bad.

“Thy Will Be Done”, frees me and makes me well all of the time!

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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

That reminds me of a D.L. Moody quote.
“We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.”
Thanks for sharing, Carol!

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Carol Rives March 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thanks for sharing the quote, Larry! I have someone who could really use these words right now; I’ll be sure to pass that quote on ~
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Juan Cruz Jr March 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Simply, Yes!

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Larry Hehn March 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Amen, Juan!

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floyd March 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Yeah, we’re all in need. That pride thing that, “cometh before the fall, ” is a pretty powerful tool that is used against us. Our flesh is satan’s tool and we’re all weak in this area due to our fallen world. God is Truth and Truth is the answer… even when it hurts. Getting healed can be a painful process. Great wisdom in this post. Thanks. Followed Jason over, glad I did.

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Larry Hehn March 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’m glad you did too, Floyd. Thanks!

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Josh March 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I am loving your stuff here. Thanks for stopping by my page as well friend!

Blessings and Walk Good,
Josh

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Larry Hehn April 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Glad to have found you through your recent guest post, Josh. Welcome!

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