Sunday, 26 February 2017

Choose Life (Part Three): A Teachable Moment.

In Your Hands
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6, NKJV)
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15].

Unlike all his other miracles, Jesus was the one who went seeking this man. It was not that he met the sick man on the way. Jesus went to the pool to seek him and bring about his miracle. Why? For a start, I believe Jesus wanted to teach us a load of lessons from this man’s life and story. He wants to teach us the futility of placing our hope, our future, in another. 

Man is at best, man. The best of a man is a man. He ain’t God. He can promise and truly desire to help, but for no fault of his inability to meet up. Why? Because the best of man is yet man, human, with its limitedness and shortcomings. The only sure foundation we can rest upon is God. He can do whatever He said He will. He is not limited. He changes not. If He said it, then He will do it.
"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it." (Stevie Wonder) 
"So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”" (Exodus 4:2, NKJV)
When we allow God to be the foundation of our life, we trust in His endowment. (He is yet to make anyone useless.) We might not all have the same endowment, and we are not expected to. We are each endowed, regardless, with all that we need to fulfill our purpose. What we need to do is stop looking at another’s endowment and start looking inwards, ours. Start looking at God’s deposit (seed) in you and apply it. 

For, God’s ever-present question is, “what do you have in your hands?” [Exodus 4:2] Notice the question is not, “what does your friend or neighbor have?” Rather, it is, “what do you have in your hands?” That is all you need for your breakthrough. That is all you need for your break out. That is all you need for your bursting forth. That is all you need to take yourself to the next level. What is that in your hands? 

© 2013 Akin Akinbodunse


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