“In these lay a GREAT MULTITUDE of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, WAITING for the moving of the water. … The impotent man answered Him, SIR, I HAVE NO MAN …” (JN 5:3, 7).
Can you imagine what it must have felt like when day after day, week after week, and possibly year after year, this impotent man lay by the waters, along with multitudes of others, seeking help and hope, and yet, there was NO MAN who was willing to wake up from his complacency, self-centeredness, busyness, and callousness to help?
Here we are nearly 2,000 years later and the GREAT MULTITUDES of the spiritually powerless, the spiritually blind, and the spiritually crippled, are STILL WAITING and can honestly say, “Sir, I have no man.”
Another tragedy struck last night in Manchester. There is persecution, pain, and poverty all around the world. A vast majority of the world went to bed hungry last night. A great majority of the world has not only never heard the Gospel, but there is very little accessibility for them to ever hear the Gospel. And yet, like the priest and the Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan [LK 10:30-37], we just keep walking on by as if everything is just fine!
The words of Jeremiah ring so true today: “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow …” [Lamentations 1:12].
Pondering the pain and problems in our world, along with our personal indifference, and our inability to get along with one another last night, I posted the following words:
With all the serious issues that our world is facing, with nearly half of the world living in dire poverty, with all of the pain, persecution, and suffering our fellow believers are going through around the world, and nearly one-third of the world with little or no access to the Gospel, God’s people are striving and fighting over trivial issues! 😏
Time to Wake Up Church!!!