Monday Morning Commentary


We are in the middle of our latest series, The Genius of Jesus.  We are studying the life and teachings of Jesus.  This week’s message came from the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  The message was called, “Put it to work!”

In John 5 we see that Jesus works with purpose, priorities, and perseverance.  Jesus wasn’t afraid of work.  When he showed up at the pool of Bethesda he looked for the most difficult situation, a man who had been lame for 38 years.

The man was around the wrong people (others who could not help him), he was dependent on the wrong system (the waters to stir) and he gave Jesus the wrong answer when he was asked if he wanted to get well.  My husband pointed out how sometimes, our weaknesses become our security.  But it is our weaknesses that allow us to show off God’s strength.

Jesus said take up your mat and walk.  The man was healed.  I loved when my husband said, “The man did not get healed because he got up (that’s religion).  He got up because he was healed (that’s grace)!”

But my husband also pointed out that the  miracle was not just about what Jesus did and how he did it, it was about when he did it.  On the Sabbath.  Jesus wanted to heal the man, but he also wanted to change the religious system.  Jesus came to break the system.

Jesus said take up your mat!  The mat was a banner that showed the man’s healing.  We all have mats we want Jesus to just take away. But Jesus wants to put my mat to work.  He wants to use His grace in my weakness to prove his strength to others.

Oh this message was so good.  It really ministered to me this week.  You can watch it today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.

Have a great Monday!




What do you want me to do for you?

Have you ever read the story of blind Bartimeaus in Mark 10?

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

I love this story.  I love how the blind man cried out to Jesus and Jesus responded with a simple question, What do you want me to do for you?

I think so often in my life, I spend all my energy telling the wrong people what I want.  I tell my husband I wish I was better at doing a certain thing.  I tell my friend I want to be a better mom.  Or I beat myself up, I need to do better, be better, act better.  Sure I pray and read my Bible, but do I ever stop and take time to tell God what I want Him to do in my life.

Jesus is the Healer.  The true miracle worker.  He stands before me and says, “Holly, what do you want me to do for you?”    Maybe God has not worked a miracle in my life simply because I have not taken the time to ask.

A few days ago I read this story then I grabbed my journal and just started to write, to pray, and ask God to do some things in my life and in my family’s life.  Later that evening, my husband mentioned one of the very things I had prayed about that morning.  It wasn’t a big thing, but it was confirmation to me.  Jesus hears my prayers and he answers them.

What do you want Him to do for you?