Put another way, it’s time to improve your investments.
Yes, I think I’m ready.
Very good. Let’s continue improving your investments by answering this question: do you want to get well?
Of course, if I can make it happen, I will.
What you just said is critical because it says, ‘I want to do this. I’m taking responsibility. I’m not going to give in to anything that would distract me.’
That’s right, that’s what I’m saying.
Alright, you’re standing on the edge of the nest and you’re ready to free-fall. This is big, because too many are clueless as to what soaring like a bird looks like or for that matter what living healthy looks like.
Hmm, good point.
Most have no idea what being well would feel like…because they’ve never thought passed sick.
I suppose that could be true.
But you know, Jesus isn’t playing games with your life. He loves you too much for that. Jesus isn’t intending to tease you with some sorry theory about what works.
Jesus meets you where you are. And then begin to change you. Jesus intends to give you life in all its fullness.
I could get in front of that.
Well then, expect good things from the hand of God, because the Lord can be trusted to assist you in improving your investments.
I feel this is the truth.
Terrific! Then the question is, as I said earlier, will you cooperate with Jesus or will you continue to experience being robbed, killed, and destroyed ‒ being sick?
Explain a little more.
Sure. The man at the pool of Bethesda knew how to be sick. Jesus asked him a disarming and revealing question, “Do you want to be well?”
Jesus asks the same question of you and me. Think it through. The choices are only between continue being sick or get well. What’s your choice?
Get well, of course.
I like your resolve, but everyone isn’t where you are.
It’s true. A few are asking, what’s the benefit in getting well? They pretend it’s more comfortable being sick. And if this is the case, will they be satisfied with their life?
This isn’t me.
I believe you. It says there’s hope for you. You’re in line for the good things of God‒the benefits.
What do I do?
When you see a benefit in being well you quit your excuses and get up and walk. Jesus is here to give you life in all its fullness.
That would certainly be an improving investment.
Yes wouldn’t it. These benefits Jesus offers begin immediately. You don’t have to wait until you die and go to heaven.
Absolutely. Read the words of John 10:10b carefully. Study these words. Jesus is the remedy for sickness, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
I believe this is the truth.
Jesus isn’t lying to you. When he asks, do you want to be well, the offer of improvement has a long list of benefits available instead of the liabilities of continuing to be sick. Consider this list from Galatians 5:
- love instead of hatred (hostility, contempt)
- joy instead of unhappiness (misery, depression)
- peace instead of discord (war, disharmony)
- patience instead of agitation (resistance, indifference)
- kindness instead of animosity (intolerance, selfishness)
- goodness instead of cruelty (corruption, immorality)
- faithfulness instead of treachery (disloyalty, dishonesty)
- gentleness instead of contention (defiance, friction)
- self-control instead of unreliability (foolhardiness, indiscretion)
Wow! Who wouldn’t want this?
You might be surprised. Of course, I cannot name all the personal benefits that are specifically available to you. I don’t know what you may miss by choosing sickness over health. What I do know is that your life investments physically, emotionally, and spiritually can constantly improve as you cooperate with Christ Jesus.
This has been quite interesting…is this all there is to improving investments?
It’s enough for now. Jump! And practice flying.
Audio: (coming Monday)
There could be more steps added to improving your investments. For instance we could get very specific about how your relationships improve your investments, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
In this area of relationships it begins with your relationship with God. Once this relationship with God is established, and functioning, it flows to your relationships with others. And then the relationship with God flows and functions and is established in you.
The Christian experience is meant to be continually fresh and growing. It a fun experience. It certainly offers better benefits than the liabilities usually experienced in this temporary confusion.
Thanks for listening to Lee’s Nite Radio.
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