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I want to give lakes
(Feb 19, 2012 00:00)


John 5:6, 8-9 NKJV

“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”…Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.”

I have a burning in my heart as I search for the right words to express it. On the shore of a time that will change my generation, I have this burning to give it all to God even when I myself do not know the results. I hear God knocking at the door of hearts, hearts that thought the journey was over for lack of strength, hope and a future. People who have built walls to isolate themselves, not because they genuinely desire, but rather, with the idea of fading away from the world’s memory. Yet, the Man who rose on Sunday, crowned as King despite being seen as thief on Friday, knocks at the door. I do not know but if this image does not make your heart weep, I do not know what will. I see Jesus knocking at the doors of the hearts of Christians and non-Christians, asking them to give it all to Him. To give up their unforgiveness, their hopelessness, their disappointment, their brokenness, their sin and well, them (self). In return, Jesus wants to offer them, Himself.

I am tired of giving people fish to eat, with which they can only live for a day, a season, a time. I am tired of teaching people to fish, especially when their hearts become weary of the journey. I do not want to hand out fishes. I want to give lakes. I want to offer people lakes, from which they will receive fishes, learn how to fish and live no longer for a day, a season, or a time, but a lifetime. I see this picture in my mind of Jesus wanting to offer the pool of Bethesda to a certain man who was hurting, broken and hopeless, much like our generation. He could not dive into the pool, for someone else always rushed before him into it.

Yet, Jesus stepped into his life, offering him, not a fish to eat, but the pool, Himself. Jesus offered Himself to this man, asking him if he wanted the fullness of God in his life, through healing and restoration, not for a day, a season or a time, but a lifetime. “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked. The man said, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me” (John 5:7). Notice how the man did not directly answer Jesus with a yes or no, but rather he expressed his lack of human strength to be healed. In this humility, Jesus healed the man, without any noise or parade but a simple phrase, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” I think about how God wants us to give our lives into His hands so that He can give us the strength to give of ourselves for others. There are many people like the sick man at the pool of Bethesda who have no helper to tell them about Jesus. There are people who acknowledge their lack of human strength to overcome their situation, yet, there is no one to tell them. Perhaps, knowing that we are Co-heirs with Christ, God has entrusted us with the Calling of helping people into the pool, Jesus, and giving them lakes rather than fishes. You give a man a lake, and his life is never the same. 

And the journey into the pool begins with us. It begins when we approach Jesus and ask Him to forgive us of our sins. It starts when we let God take the baggage on our hands and let Him heal our broken hearts. When we ask Him for freedom from the bondage of sin, then we can step in faith. When we forgive ourselves and stop hurting our walk with Christ by our own condemnation, then we will realize that, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

I am done giving out fish. I will not teach anyone how to fish again. I will give out lakes. I will share Jesus. Now, I offer you, well, you.