Day 43 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Three Lessons from Bethesda!

When my family and I visited Israel this year we went to the pool of Bethesda, the site of Jesus’ healing miracle related in John 5:1-16. Ailing people in that day gathered around the vast pool waiting for an angel to stir up the waters, believing that whoever then stepped into the pool first would be healed. When Jesus entered the pool area that day, the lame, blind, and paralyzed were staring at the water and waiting for their chance at a miracle. As a result, no one was looking at Jesus. Likewise today, we look to our own version of the pool of Bethesda waiting for blessings and deliverance and fail to look to Jesus who can actually deliver the provision and provide the miracles we seek.

Jesus then struck up a conversation with a man who had been afflicted by an infirmity for thirty eight years. Jesus said to Him, “Do you want to be made well?” In return, the man made excuses: “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus then said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well and took up his bed, and walked.

There are three key lessons we can take and apply from this miracle. I’ll share two in the space allottedĀ  and present the third one in, How to Lead by THE BOOK:

1. Miracles and blessings in our life and business will take away our excuses. We will then have to accept responsibility and stop blaming conditions for our misery, much as the paralyzed fellow did. This is why Jesus asked what seemed to be such an obvious question, “Do you want to be made well?” If the man assented and received the blessing, he would then be forced into more accountability and responsibility and would to have to cease with the blame game and stop acting like a victim.

2. The man could not receive healing until he took his eyes off the water and looked to Jesus. Our “water” in business is oftentimes a favorable economy, more customers, less competition, a rising stock market, lower interest rates and the like. If you’re waiting on those conditions to fulfill what’s most important in your life, you’re pinning your hope of rescue on futile and fleeting conditions.

One of the key premises of my upcoming book, How to Lead by THE BOOK, is to encourage readers to subordinate the “water” they count on to prosper their businesses and redirect their gaze to Christ, to His commands, and to carrying them out in absolute and immediate obedience.

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