Don’t Take Grace for Granted
December 7, 2009
“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, ‘Behold,
you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse
may befall you.’” – John 5:14
For 38 years, the man had been afflicted. For who knows how many
years, he had lain beside the pool of Bethesda, waiting for the
stirring of the waters. Then, in a moment of grace, Jesus had healed
He hadn’t known who Jesus was: only that a stranger had
made him well and bidden him to take up his pallet and walk. And
so he had. But then Jesus found him later in the temple, and gave
him a solemn warning: “Do not sin anymore, so that nothing
worse may befall you.”
If you were given such a great gift – complete healing after
38 years of misery – wouldn’t you heed such a warning?
Love God with your whole heart, mind, and strength? Serve him in
every way you could think of?
I don’t know what the man in John chapter 5 did. But I know
myself, and that knowledge is a humbling thing.
- What has Jesus rescued
you from in the past?
- Do you ever treat Jesus like a “get out of jail free” card:
trusting him to rescue you, with no real intention of repentance?
- What sins do you tend to return to time and again, and
- If necessary, spend time in confession … and purpose
in your heart to commit yourself to true repentance.