Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
Jesus asked an impotent
man at the pool of Bethesda, "Wilt thou be made whole" (John 5:6). In modern
day vernacular Jesus was asking, "Do you want to get well?"
It is common to hear
about some seriously ill person giving up the will to live. Doctors in
St. Louis had a peculiar patient. The man could get well if he wanted to,
but he showed no interest in cooperating with the specialists for his own
improvement. Psychiatrists reached the conclusion that he preferred his
Usually when one has
a physical disease he is anxious to be made whole, but the truth is that
a malignancy is eating away at the souls of men and not everyone wishes
to rid themselves of this loathsome disease. Therefore let us make spiritual
application of this question, "Wilt thou be made whole?"
The importance of one's
personal desires must not be ignored. Many wonder if they could really
be the kind of person that God would have them to be. The real concern
is "Do I desire to be the kind of person God would have me to be?" Paul
spoke of the "earnest . . . yea, what vehement desire" the Corinthians
had in carrying out the instructions concerning their personal problems
which he had addressed in his first letter to the Corinthians. (2 Corinthians
7:7-11.) Their desire for spiritual wholeness enabled them to overcome
their spiritual ailments.
David longed to be the
kind of person God wanted him to be. David was a man after God's own heart.
(1 Samuel 13:14.) After David's adultery with Bathseba he prayed, "Create
in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm
51:10). David cried out, "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee: my flesh longeth for thee in a fry and thirsty
land, where no water is." (Psalm 63:1.) David desired spiritual healing.
Jesus said, "Blessed
are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled." (Luke 6:21.) "Ask, and
it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7,8.)
Spiritual healing is
not dependent upon a man's background, or his circumstances, but it is
what is inside each of us that count. It is not what lies behind us; it
is not what lies before us, but it is what lies within us that really counts.
Do we want to get well?
Willing To Give You The Desire
God is willing to increase
our desire for spiritual wholeness. God spoke to Jeremiah concerning the
captives in Babylon, "And I will give them an heart to know me, that I
am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for
they shall return unto me with their whole heart." (Jeremiah 24:7.) "For
God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will. . ." (Revelation 17:17.)
Paul said, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of
his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13.) One's constant prayer to God should
be: "Dear Lord, help me to want to be the kind of person you would have
me to be."
The chorus of a beautiful
old song says: "His power can make you what you ought to be; His blood
can cleanse your heart and make you free." God gives us power to overcome
sin in our lives. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12.)
God has given us power to come to Christ; power to become disciples of
Christ; power to overcome through Christ.
God can make the weakest
stand. Paul said, " . . . God is able to make [weak] him stand." (Romans
14:14.) "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10.) "He giveth
power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly
fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:29-31.) We can become "more
than conquerors through him that loved us." (Romans 8:37).
Our constant prayer
should be: "Dear Lord, help me to want to be the kind of person you would
have me to be; give me the strength to be the kind of person you would
have me to be."
Long ago the king of
Israel said, "Know ye not that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still,
and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?" (1 Kings 22:3.)
Likewise spiritual healing is ours today, but we are still and take it
"Wilt thou be made whole?"
The power to make it happen is yours!!
A Reality For The Child of God
Jesus said, "Come to
me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take
my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest in your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden
is light." (Matthew 11:27-30.)