“The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up they bed and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walk.” (John 5: 7-9)
How often do we think we are impotent, having no power to get up and walk away from trouble and sickness and confusion? Do we like this man stand looking toward the pool, the magic fountain of healing possibilities, and get transfixed by this supposed answer to all our problems, that seems so close and yet elusive for us?
Perhaps we need a more active approach. Perhaps we need to turn from ourselves as needy and powerless and somehow missing out on what others seem to be freely receiving. Maybe we need to step out of the line and open our eyes to our own ability to be free. Jesus didn’t pick this man out because he was more deserving than the rest. The Christ was ready for anyone who was prepared to look away from the pool of problems and uncertain solutions, and see the Christ—the true idea of his own perfect identity.
No one is more privileged than you, luckier than you, quicker than you where healing is involved. The Christ is always here, not to put you into some alluring pool where everyone else is going, but to show you who you uniquely and already are. This Christ-Truth announces your preparedness at all times to be potent, to be powerful enough by your own nature to walk away from being transfixed by a problem and continual contemplation of a solution.
This tender, active Christ in you is beckoning you to get up from that position of victimization and preoccupation with trouble, pick up your life where it waits for you, and walk forward in your own worthiness for victory, health, and happiness.
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