God is ALWAYS good, and ALWAYS right. When He speaks, we should agree immediately.
John 5:2-3 – Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
Again today I consider the “pool of Bethesda,” or as Bethesda interpreted would say, “house of kindness, or mercy.” The word “kindness” means “to make one’s self useful; to act benevolently,” and “mercy” speaks to the matter of demonstrating compassion. But rather that considering how what it was CALLED was really not what it WAS in function, let us consider what we must do to be demonstrably accurate by BEING WHAT WE ARE CALLED.
When a statement pleased the king of medieval times, one would likely hear him say, “So mot it be,” or something very similar to that. The word “mot” was derived from the French, and it means “word.” What the king was saying was, “According to the words that have been spoken, so let it be.” So today, let us consider briefly WHO and WHAT the Lord calls us. We, the church, individually and collectively, are (1) the body of Christ; (2) the family of God; (3) the head and not the tail; (4) above only and not beneath; (5) lenders to many nations and not borrowers; (6) a house of prayer; (7) lively stones; (8) heirs of God; (9) joint heirs with Jesus; (10) lords & kings over whom Jesus is Lord and King; (11) prophets & priests; (12) ambassadors for Christ; (13) Christians [anointed ones]; (14) sons/daughters of Jehovah God; and I could go on. I believe it is important that we recognize where we presently stand in order to accurately journey to where we need to go. Where we, as a rule, generally stand, presently, is short of the mark the Lord has established for us. Where we are going is to that place in which we are recognized for what He has already called us; what He has already said we are. So let us not tarry where we are, but rather strive to stand, walk, and live in that place of recognition to which we have been called, to which we belong, and of which our God has already made us partakers. As one song writer so eloquently penned, “Let the church be the church. Let the people rejoice. For we’ve settled the question; we’ve made our choice. Let the anthems ring out; songs of victory swell. For the church triumphant is alive and well.” LET IT BE!
Manna for Today – John 5:1-17; Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 12:34-37; Romans 3:4; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 55:11; Deuteronomy 28:1-14