Pick Up Your Mat and Walk!


So, we have been in a series of living God’s purpose and trying to come to terms with God and His love in our lives. I ask the question again as to why you aren’t doing the things God has planned for you. Is it because you didn’t hear from God? Or is it because you shared your vision with someone, and they criticized you? Or you posted your idea on social media, and no one “Liked” it?

Here’s a thought to ponder today…

The person who criticized you; what is their character like? Do you and this person spend time on a regular basis praying? Do they pray for you on their own? Do they pour godly wisdom on you? What is their life like? Do they have a godly marriage (if they are married) or living a godly single life? Do they spend time in prayer with God? Do they share the Gospel with other people? 

Sometimes we spend WAY too much time giving validly to people who really don’t deserve it. The person who criticized you, did they join you in your prayer time when God shared this vision with you? No, they did not. A person of godly integrity is a person who wants the best for you and will be excited for you even if they don’t fully understand God’s plan for you. 

My husband, Omar, had an amazing godly mentor in his life. This man recently passed away but oh what a great man of God he was. Whenever my husband called him to share what he felt God was leading him to, this man did not ask a lot of questions, he simply said to Omar, I am proud of you, let us pray together and see where God leads this. 

That’s what a godly friend would do for you…

Now, I am not sharing this so you can walk around with a chip on your shoulder, isolating yourself from people. No, you need people and people need you. But I am sharing this so your eyes can be open to truth. 

In John 5 there is a man who had been lame for 38 years and he was lying by the pool of Bethesda which was thought to heal people of certain illnesses such as being lame. When Jesus went to him, he asks the man if he’d like to get well. The man replied that he could not get well. No one helps him into the pool and every time the water would come on people went in before him before the water turned off. If you read the commentary on this passage, the man was hopeless, and he was waiting for someone to do something for him to get better. 

Jesus tells the man to pick up his mat and walk. 

John 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

Jesus in essence tells the man to stop making excuses – pick up your mat and walk. Jesus healed the man of his hopeless state. 

But – here is an interesting part of this story. If you keep reading further in John 5, the Pharisees were mad at Jesus for healing the man on the Sabbath.

John 5:9-10 “At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was the Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

Never mind that something great happened in the Kingdom of God. Never mind that this man who had been lame for 38 years was now freed from his hopeless state which could bring others hope for God.

There is no difference here friend when we allow God’s purpose in our lives to be hindered by people who do not have our best interest in mind. We become hopeless. When God gives us a plan and vision for His purpose in our lives we run and hide if someone is critical of it. We are waiting for people to do something for us – like give us confidence in the vision God gave us. That makes no sense. We are waiting for people to give us confidence in what God gave us in our prayer time with him! Please read that again!

Where is God leading you? Who does He need you to reach for Him? Only He understands it. You don’t even fully understand it and certainly not the people you will share this with.

Today friend are you going to stop believing the lies of Satan – and pick up your mat and walk? 

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not email me today and I will pray with you.

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