John 5:7-8 “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!”

We can come up with so many excuses as to why we can’t do something.  As believers of Jesus Christ, we need to remember that what is impossible with man is possible with God! We have got to stop making excuses. We should be further along than where we are right now.

There was a man that Jesus met laying in a place of healing. He had been there for 38 years. Jesus asks him a very important question: Do you want to be healed?

He ignores the question and begins to make excuses. It’s easier to ignore the question and make excuses. Answering the question will make me look at myself and at the role I played in my own sickness.

The man made some excuses. Here they are:

  1. I have to wait for the water to get stirred up. The people believed that angels would come and “stir” the waters then those who got in got healed. It could be that this was a natural geyser and the minerals from the rocks were good for the body. Either way he was waiting for a stirring. Don’t wait; get in! We can’t wait for something to happen; sometimes we have to make stuff happen. With God helping us, we can step in a situation and the stir it up.
  1. I’m waiting for someone to put me in. He was an invalid.  If Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to get well?” This implies that he could have gotten in the pool within 38 years. You couldn’t find anybody to help you get in within the last 38 years?! You didn’t want to get in. Stop making excuses and get in.
  1. Somebody gets in my way. Often times we hear people complaining about roadblocks to success, the corporate glass ceiling, racism, sexism and the reality is that these do exist. They existed for Jackie Robinson. They existed for Ray Charles. They existed for Tina Turner but each one of them overcame great obstacles to succeed against the odds. Stop making excuses.
  1. Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk. Jesus commanded an invalid to stand up. Nobody is going to stand up for you until you stand up for yourself. Then you have to pick up the excuse you’ve been using and get rid of it. The last thing you do is walk away from the place where you’ve been comfortable for the last 38 years. You can’t keep hanging around sick people, when you have been healed!

Dear God,

Help me to stop making excuses and live an empowered life. Then God help me to take heed of the warning that Jesus gave the man after he healed him,”you have been healed, now stop sinning or something worse may happen to you!” God I thank you for healing me and getting back to living life as you intended.

In Jesus Name,

Amen