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Have you ever followed a public figure on social media – Twitter or Instagram?

I follow a musician and a few leaders I respect and mostly I agree with what they post and yet sometimes… they make me want to rant because I disagree so entirely with what they’re saying!

Social media has changed the way we think about the word FOLLOW, hasn’t it?

Following Jesus isn’t at all the same thing as following someone on social media.

Following Jesus isn’t about picking and choosing what we do or don’t agree with. Rather, it’s a commitment that says, “I believe that what you say is true, whether I understand it or not because you are God.”

Following Jesus is a commitment that says, “I want my character to become more like more Your character,” even when that’s really hard.

Recently, I was reading in John 5 where Jesus healed the man who had been sick for 38 years.
This is a man who was marginalized from society’s comings and goings.

Jesus asks him if he’d like to get well.

Interestingly, he doesn’t say, “Yes.” Instead he complains (as many of us might) that he’s disadvantaged and that is why he “can’t get out of his current situation”.

But John tells us that Jesus heals him. Instantly.

The man takes time to roll up his sleeping mat (in essence, to look after his own stuff) and then he walks away. There is no record in John of him saying, “Thank you.”

And then, later, – read it yourself and you’ll see – he completely rats Jesus out. He actually goes in search of the Jewish leaders to tell them it was Jesus who healed him on the Sabbath.

He doesn’t sound like a very likable guy to me.

Jesus, being God, wasn’t surprised by anything that man did or did not do.

And yet, out of all the masses of people coming to Jesus who we would think were probably way more deserving, this is the man He chose to heal.

Jesus was not compassionate because that man deserved it. Jesus was compassionate because that’s who Jesus is. It’s His character to love and care and be compassionate even to those who are mannerless, ungrateful, and self-serving.

It’s easy to do the right thing when we expect the results to be favourable, but Jesus said, “Come. Follow me.”


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  • TRAINER: L Falk (CS Staff)

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    POSTED:  Mar 2019

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  1. Cathy Jensen March 18, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I have never read this passage from this point of view. I read the chapter again and I saw it. We are to practice Colossians 3:12. It is easy to come along side of the attractive but oh so much more difficult to do so with the one who are cast aside, in the gutter, unattractive… Jesus did see the man later and told him sin no more or something worse will happen. Jesus was concerned for his spiritual health. I would like to point out that the man did have faith. He did not know who Jesus was yet he stood up without question. I would like to give the man the benefit of doubt. When you are down and out for decades and kicked around and ignored, it would be hard to say a thank you – this man might have been thinking it was some kind of trick performed by a charlatan and probably would not last long. So many different angles on this story in the Bible. But that is neither here nor there, we are to be like Jesus and feel compassion for everyone, even those who are unlikeable, rude and unappreciative.

    • Laura Falk March 20, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Cathy, for your excellent thoughts.

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