DAY NINE John 5:1-15 Mike Matlack,
Titusville Presbyterian Church
Faith in Action
"Pick up your mat and walk!" As Jesus speaks these words in the passage, imagine that He is speaking these words to you. In life, we are often challenged to get up and live for Christ, whether it be because of our jobs, our circumstances, our fears, or our complacency. Like the man in the story, despite our greatest needs and desires, it is easy for us to become comfortable and immovable from our current condition, even if that condition is less than desirable.
If we truly want to be healed by the forgiving grace of Jesus, and to share His truth and His love with others, we need to allow Christ to move us, both in a physical and spiritual sense. We need to leave behind the comforts we cling to and not be afraid if a few worldly rules and perspectives get challenged along the way, aka the Pharisees' disapproval of Jesus' miraculous work.
Know that God is bigger and stronger than anything else in this world, and when your faith is in Him, mountains will move, the paralyzed will walk, and hearts, maybe even your heart, will be changed!
Action Step: Don't get stuck - get up and walk! Walk with Jesus, and walk towards the world so desperately in need of His love.
Prayer: Lord, mold us and move us, for Your Kingdom and for Your glory. Amen.
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Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe
United Presbyterian Church