How to Move on to the Next Step

John 5:1-15 NLT
“Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!” But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.”

In this story, we can all be happy for the man who God healed. If you look a little deeper, you’ll see that Jesus did two key things here in this man’s life. First, the most obvious one, He healed the man completely of his personal plague. The very thing that held him back from moving on in life. Second, and one we can relate to even more, is that Jesus disappeared and reappeared to the man instructing him on HOW to move on. Jesus cared enough about the man to help him stay on the right path. He gave him specific instructions on what the next steps were to continue on. Has God performed a miracle in your life and then you find yourself shortly in a relapsed state? Maybe it’s because you didn’t heed the quiet but vital instructions He gave afterwards. Jesus won’t leave us stranded. He wants to take us to the next level in Him. Remember that the next time you experience a breakthrough. God is always one step ahead of us!


photo courtesy of Jackey Backman
photo courtesy of Jackey Backman

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