Out of all of the miracles performed by Jesus recorded in the Bible, all but one of them were initiated by the faith and desire of the people wanting to be healed or wanting the person they brought to Jesus to be healed. In some cases the disciples even had to hold people back because of their persistence to get to Jesus. Although there is one instance that John writes about where Jesus initiated the action.
This instance is about a man who had been sitting beside a pool of healing for 38 years. He had been sitting in the condition that he was in for nearly four decades without doing anything about it. Jesus sees the man lying there and this is what He says to him:
“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6 ESV)
This is a very interesting question Jesus asks this man. It seems obvious that this man would want to be healed. So why did Jesus ask him this question? In every other situation, there is no question about what the person or people want to be done. In every other circumstance, people are straining to get to Jesus in order to be healed. In every other instance, people not only said that they wanted something from Jesus but also put action to their words.
I believe this man really wanted to be healed. But wanting and desiring something doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s only when your passion is converted into pursuit that you will achieve what you want and desire. It’s only when you put feet to your faith that you will obtain your goals and dreams. James, the brother of Jesus who saw this whole interaction between Jesus and this man take place, wrote that faith without works is dead (See James 2:17). In other words, James is saying that you can say all you want and believe all you want, but if you never act upon it, it does you no good.
I believe Jesus is asking us the same question today. I believe He hears our cries but then sees us lying in our mess not doing anything about it. I believe He sees our passion but there is no pursuit to go with it. I believe He sees our faith but there is no feet leaping into action.
So I’m asking you “Do you want to ________?” You fill in the blank.