After You Get Well…
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Do you think that you are in the worst place possible? Yes, Jesus can heal you.
But tell you what else – it can get worse. He says, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Some of the troublesome places we are in are as a result of sin. Granted, some are just what the are, but some, Jesus knows, are as a result of sin. When He healed some people, He said it was for the glory of God that they got healed, meaning that they could have been sick because of that reason – so that God would be glorified in their healing.
But for some, oh, He told to sin no more. Jesus sees through every situation. He knows the true cause and the true end.
So if He says to a man made well, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you,” it’s because He knows that it could get worse. If he was lame, he could become lame again and also blind. Or paralyzed. Anything is possible.
So even for us, when Jesus delivers us from our troubles, let us such ourselves and find out what we ought to change. If we’ve been delivered from financial troubles, let’s learn and make better decisions. If we’ve been delivered from incurable diseases, let’s walk in purity. If we’ve been restored into relationships, let’s examine our character and how we treat people. If we’ve been given back a job, let’s endeavour to do our best no matter what.
Jesus knows it can be worse. So He warns us when He redeems us the first time. Oh may God help us to go and sin no more!!! Amen.
This is just about the time many of us go over the year, reviewing the ups, downs and lessons, and making plans for the next year. And it’s all good – if we’re growing from it.
If it’s just a ritual, then it may not be of much help. Like reading. Yes, reading can be another busybody activity that may not work for our good, if all we do is read. It has to be coupled with action.
Someone said that it’s not about how many books you go through, it’s about how many books go through you. And I agree. As a prolific reader myself (the Thika Nairobi travel time can let me read a book a day, depending on the size and nature of the book), and a lot of that info, though helpful, can go unused.
It may not make much difference in my life of have much impact unless I actually put it into action. Whether or not the books work is not to be blamed on the authors, by on the actions I take.
So I propose: don’t just know, DO. Knowing isn’t enough, practise is. Doing is what gives you power. It’s what makes the difference.
Nevertheless, don’t say you won’t read another book untill you’ve practised everything from the other one. Sometimes that’s not possible. Keep reading, because it feeds your subconscious mind, and continues to enlighten, empower, affirm and assure you that you’re on the right track. My mum told me to always have a book open in front of me, because my eyes might land on it and I’ll pick something useful up. So, read! But don’t just stop there, do!
After you read, ask yourself, what will I STOP doing, what will I START doing, and what will I CONTINUE doing? That way, you’ll have some pretty practical applications of the information you get from reading.
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