Get Up!


Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”  John 5:8


Here is this man, crippled, and lying by the pool Bethesda. He wants to get in the pool that he may get healing for his being crippled. But, because he is crippled, whenever the angel stirs the water, he can’t get in. He is dependent on having others put him in. But he doesn’t have anyone.

He is despairing. He is alone.

Jesus comes along and sees all this. He asks the man, “Do you wish to get well?”

I imagine in my mind while reading this, that the man starts whining. “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water… But while I am coming another steps down before me.”

Jesus’ response? “Get. Up.” Just do it He implies. It’s as if He challenges the man to stop wallowing around making excuses. “Pick up your pallet.” Get off your rear end and stop waiting for others to rescue you. “And walk.” Look around and tell people about Me. You need to move about.


I need to hear, and obey, Jesus telling me to get up. Far too long, I have been just wallowing around in my own despair waiting to be rescued. I know what to do. Get up. Tell someone about Him.


Lord, command me to get up. Help me to find someone to tell about You.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen.

Peddling the Word of God?


For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God; we speak in the sight of God in Christ.  2 Corinthians 2:17


Paul preached Christ’s gospel.  All else that happened was in the wake of that.  He preached Him crucified — died for our sins, rose for our new life.  Paul pointed out sin for repentance sake and encouraged godly living.  He had a low view of peddling, or “adulterating for gain,” God’s word.


When a preacher preaches about Jesus and all the “good stuff” but not about obeying Jesus (His first command was to “repent…”) or when he baptizes but fails to ask if the person has repented, he is peddling the word of God.  And it cooks my grits!  The whole gospel needs to be preached and not just the ooey-gooey feel good parts.


Lord, raise up men of God that will preach Your gospel.  Stop the peddling of Your word…

Be Very Courageous


Therefore be very courageous to keep and do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left.  Joshua 23:6


Joshua gives his farewell speech to Israel before he dies.  He tells them to uphold what the LORD has instructed.  It’s written down so it should be easy.  He challenges them to be courageous.  That’s the nice way  of telling them, “Don’t be a coward.  Don’t do whatever you want.”


It’s cowardly not to obey God.  I may ask why I should follow the Law of Moses.  Simple…Jesus came to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17).  That means  by obeying and following Him that the world will hate me, persecution is likely, and I will have a cross to bear daily.  In general, I will need to “be very courageous.”   Or, I can do whatever is easier, live the “good”life,  disobey God, and be a coward.


Lord, it is difficult to be courageous.  Help me to be brave.  Thank You.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15b

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