I read a quote recently that said if it’s important to you you’ll find a way, if it’s not you’ll find an excuse.
Excuses in many cases are our ” politically correct “way of responding to things we don’t want to do or believe we can’t do.
Often times excuses can be used for so long that we begin to believe them ourselves. You know the kind of excuse that says I would save more money but I’ve got so many bills. Or, I would eat better but I work late so I grab whatever I can get on the way home.
John 5:1-9 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, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 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?”7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath.
Jesus asked the man one critical question in order to get one critical answer…. and that question was do you want to get well?
He had become a product of his environment. So, he came up with an excuse that worked for him and that he began to believe!
I’ve got nobody to put me in the pool!
Have you ever made an excuse for yourself for so long that even YOU believed it?
What do you do when God removes your excuse? What do you do when He removes every possibility that you can come up with and He says ok, we’ve got that out of the way, now what? What’s your excuse now?
You said you’d love to give more in church or to organizations that help those in need the moment you got your hands on a couple of extra dollars… And the moment you got some extra money you decided to treat yourself! Hair, nails, a great meal at your favorite restaurant, you took a quick trip to your favorite place… In other words, it never got done!
What God shows us in this text is excuses have to be received in order for them to be valid!
In other words, I have to get somebody to come in agreement with my situation , thereby making my situation or condition in this case an actual problem.
Look at the text! Here comes the excuse! The man says I have no one to put me in the pool!
Jesus said get up, take up your mat and walk. Jesus didn’t come into agreement with his condition. In other words he didn’t entertain that conversation. He didn’t say, how come nobody put you in the pool. He didn’t say, didn’t they know you couldn’t walk? He merely said, ” get up, take up your mat and walk”!
You see, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of excuses rather than being a participant in the solution.
The truth of the matter, here it is… wait for it… Somebody that was around the pool with him could have gotten him there to the pool! Even if you are blind , you can walk! Even if you’re sick you can push somebody to pool…
What’s been happening at the pool ( our churches, jobs, families, places of influence) is that we are all coming in agreement with what we see, rather than what could be! God has equipped us!
You are a child of the Most High God! You are the head and not the tail. You’re a lender and not a borrower. But as soon as somebody needs a problem solved you direct them to somebody else! Excuses!
I have no one to put me in the pool!
How much longer shall we blame others for things that we are equipped to do.
Jesus is showing us in this text that we are equipped to make a difference in the lives of those who are sick, lame and afflicted.
This text is the manifestation of the greater works that Jesus speaks of in John 14:12 where it says:
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
God has equipped us to speak to a thing and it be done in Jesus name! Mark 11:24 says
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
No more excuses! Trust in God! Trust His Word! Get er’ done!
Monday is here!