When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6
It’s a good question:
Do I want to be made well?
I don’t mean specifically of physical ailments.
I mean: do I want all the things that will come with the kind of wholeness that only Jesus can offer?
Do I want the pressure it will put on my lifestyle choices, on my socializing, on my financial generosity, on my ethics, on my patience?
Am I really open to the people, the places, the encounters that may likely come with this Jesus-based wellness?
Do I really want to welcome “the least of these”?
Jesus, is this “being made well” going to include loving people whose opinions are anathema to me, whose actions seem evil, and who also seem to detest me?
Do you offer an option that’s slightly less than 100% wellness- enough for me to feel good, but not have to change too much?
I’d like the wellness option that gives me energy for what I want to do, maybe a couple online debates with good zingers, but no other real pressure to change myself or the systems of powers and principalities. Is that an option?
Jesus, it would be great if “made well” came with a menu, like the carwash.
I only want to be made well enough to shake the dirt off- not the power wash, the extra rinse, and the wax.
After all, if others know how well you made me, they might expect things.
I haven’t decided if I want to do thing for them.
So, Jesus, can you go to the next mat for a bit? Ask someone else?
I’m still trying to decide if I want to be made well.
The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.
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