Do You Really Want It?



John 5: 2-9

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is call Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.  Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters.  The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  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 down ahead of me.”  Then Jesus said to him “GET UP!  PICK UP YOUR MAT AND WALK.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. 


When I talk to people about barrel racing it is hard to convince them how really difficult and frustrating it can me.  A person must be dedicated and diligent about getting the work done.  It is an everyday process of slow progress to build a good barrel horse.


I give students an assignment to accomplish or I explain the entire training program and they promise to follow through.  However, in several instances when I check on the progress they come up with all kinds of excuses and to why they did not get the work done. 


Training is like anything in life.  If you want it, REALLY want it bad enough, a person will make the time to get things done. You have just got to make up your mind and not to look for an excuse not to do the work with your horse. 


That is a lot like the man at the pool.  When Jesus asked him “do you want to be healed?” the guy started making up excuses.  He very well could be giving up a very lucrative living for that day and age as a basic beggar.  “Well”, he replies, “every time the angle causes the water to move I just can’t get there.  Someone is always there before me. I don’t have anyone to help me”.  Basically, it is a “poor me” attitude.


That is why Jesus asked him if he REALLY wanted to be healed.  Did he really want it?  The beggar did not even know it was Jesus.  He was just giving him all of the reasons why he could not be healed.  Not one reason why he could. I think Jesus called his bluff by healing him anyway.  He did not ask to be healed and he certainly was not healed by faith.  He was healed because Jesus decided to heal him.  Then he told him to pick up his mat and walk.  In other words “get up and get something done!”


We as Christians are a lot like the beggar.  We all want a close walk with God but do we REALLY want it?  If you ask someone about their prayer life, which is a very important part of your walk, they may say, I don’t have time or I am too tired or some other thing that really means I don’t TAKE  the time or I JUST DON’T THINK ABOUT IT.


How about reading the word?  Are you too tired, too busy, want to go shopping, want to watch TV?  There are all kinds of things that keep us from studying God’s word.  You can bet the enemy is putting them in front of us every day! If we allow that to happen in our life do we REALLY want it or do we just say we want it?


Every person has to make up their mind what they want out of this life and the life to come.  Do you want to barrel race or do you REALLY want to barrel race? Do you want to walk with God or do you REALLY want to walk with God?  You can make the choice.  Just don’t make excuses!