What day isn’t it ok to do the right thing? What day isn’t it ok to do something good? Is there a bad day to do the right thing or a good thing?
What do you believe? Do believe it enough to be obedient? Do you believe it enough that your life will be transformed? Do you believe that you can believe enough to be changed forever by a miracle?
Do you realize that God can touch you anywhere on any day? Do you realize that the key is to believe? Do you know Jesus? Have you started a relationship with Him and asked Him into your heart? Are you ready to be changed from the inside out? God loves you more than words can say. He loves you unconditionally just the way you are. He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to come and die for your mistakes and for mine. There is no greater sacrifice than to lie down you life for a friend, and Jesus laid down His life for us. If we put our hope and our trust in Him and start the journey of a relationship with Him, our lives will be transformed and we will be come new creatures. He will lead us and guide us and give us a hope and a future. He will make a way when there doesn’t seem to be a way. He will be with us on the mountain tops. He will be with us in the valleys. He will never leave us nor abandon/forsake us.
So does it matter? Does it?
Today’s reading starts speaking of an encounter on the Sabbath day, let’s check it out…
The Healing at the Pool
1After this, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a religious festival. 2Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool with five porches; in Hebrew it is called Bethzatha. 3A large crowd of sick people were lying on the porches—the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed. 5A man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6Jesus saw him lying there, and he knew that the man had been sick for such a long time; so he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7The sick man answered, “Sir, I don’t have anyone here to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am trying to get in, somebody else gets there first.” 8Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” 9Immediately the man got well; he picked up his mat and started walking.
The day this happened was a Sabbath, 10so the Jewish authorities told the man who had been healed, “This is a Sabbath, and it is against our Law for you to carry your mat.” 11He answered, “The man who made me well told me to pick up my mat and walk.” 12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to do this?” 13But the man who had been healed did not know who Jesus was, for there was a crowd in that place, and Jesus had slipped away. 14Afterward, Jesus found him in the Temple and said, “Listen, you are well now; so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15Then the man left and told the Jewish authorities that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16So they began to persecute Jesus, because he had done this healing on a Sabbath. 17Jesus answered them, “My Father is always working, and I too must work.”
18This saying made the Jewish authorities all the more determined to kill him; not only had he broken the Sabbath law, but he had said that God was his own Father and in this way had made himself equal with God.
–from John 5
So what if people criticize or attack you for doing good or doing the right thing, will that deter you from doing it? Do you believe in it enough to be an instrument of God? Will you shine the light of Jesus into this world? Will you share the message of hope with those God has brought into your life? Is there anything that can hold you back? Fear Not, Just Believe!
So don’t hold back! Build up your relationship with God!
17You call him Father, when you pray to God, who judges all people by the same standard, according to what each one has done; so then, spend the rest of your lives here on earth in reverence for him. 18For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life handed down by your ancestors. It was not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; 19it was the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or flaw. 20He had been chosen by God before the creation of the world and was revealed in these last days for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from death and gave him glory; and so your faith and hope are fixed on God. 22Now that by your obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves and have come to have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart. 23For through the living and eternal word of God you have been born again as the children of a parent who is immortal, not mortal. 24As the scripture says,
“All human beings are like grass, and all their glory is like wild flowers. The grass withers, and the flowers fall, 25but the word of the Lord remains forever.” This word is the Good News that was proclaimed to you.
–from 1 Peter 1
Don’t be focused on the short time, but on the future! Be focused on your eternity with God and how incredible that will be! Keep your eyes on Him and don’t be deceived or frightened or stressed about what is going on in life! Call to Him! Ask Him for wisdom for He will give it without finding fault! Seek Him and You will find Him when You seek Him with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of Your mind. Don’t give up! Don’t be afraid! Just Believe!
1So remember your Creator while you are still young, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, “I don’t enjoy life.” 2That is when the light of the sun, the moon, and the stars will grow dim for you, and the rain clouds will never pass away. 3Then your arms, that have protected you, will tremble, and your legs, now strong, will grow weak. Your teeth will be too few to chew your food, and your eyes too dim to see clearly. 4Your ears will be deaf to the noise of the street. You will barely be able to hear the mill as it grinds or music as it plays, but even the song of a bird will wake you from sleep. 5You will be afraid of high places, and walking will be dangerous. Your hair will turn white; you will hardly be able to drag yourself along, and all desire will be gone.
We are going to our final resting place, and then there will be mourning in the streets. 6The silver chain will snap, and the golden lamp will fall and break; the rope at the well will break, and the water jar will be shattered. 7Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us. 8Useless, useless, said the Philosopher. It is all useless.
The Summing Up
9But because the Philosopher was wise, he kept on teaching the people what he knew. He studied proverbs and honestly tested their truth. 10The Philosopher tried to find comforting words, but the words he wrote were honest. 11The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and collected proverbs are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all. 12My child, there is something else to watch out for. There is no end to the writing of books, and too much study will wear you out. 13After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. 14God is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret.
–from Ecclesiastes 12