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Do you want to be made well?

Do you want to be made well?

John 5 : 1-15 Man healed at the Pool of Bathesda

5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, [a]Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”

12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.


Today I am going to be speaking about INVESTMENTS

What was your first memory in life? (ask a few people)

Mine was being pushed in pram down the passage in my parents house in June 1983 at approximately 9:17. I still remember the little beads of multiple colours that I would hit and make them spin.

I grew up enjoying sports, art and video games. I had a very vivid imagination as a child and my desire was to become an Astronaut, a cartoonist, go to the Olympics, go to the World Cup for Rugby.

The early years in our lives are the most sincere in identifying who we really are. As we get older, we learn how to mimic others and conform to the environment around us just to fit in.

I spent many years not really having a clear picture of who I was and what my purpose was. I remember standing on the rugby field one day. It was a beautiful day and as the sun was setting, it was that golden pink and orange colour and I distinctly recall how majestic it was and the question I had was, What is all this beauty for and how do I fit in it?

I set out an a journey of self discovery and as a result, I had an encounter with Jesus and my life changed forever…

I realized that I was part of the creators PLAN. He knew me and had a plan and purpose for my life and I want to share some of the ways that he has worked in me to help understand the areas in this life that I play a part in, as we all do. He invested in me so that I can invest in building his kingdom.

The FIRST step in doing this is being DEFINITE ABOUT THE DECISION to FOLLOW CHRIST

I was aware that if I was part of the MASTER PLAN, the one who created the beauty I witness on the rugby field that day, I knew that I couldn’t doubt HE was the one to follow.

In the unfolding of his plan for my life, He began helping put order to my life by understanding who I was and all the areas I need to operate.

FIRST INVESTMENT – GOD

Many people want a short relationship with God. I want God to Heal me or I want a job and then when we get what we want, we forget who God is. If you aren’t aware, this relationship is designed to last FOREVER. God has created to walk in an intimate relationship with Him and we need to invest time with HIM. This could be through reading your bible, attending connect groups, midweek services, zoom bible studies etc.

When I first came to know Christ I didn’t know what Salvation meant or all the names of the books of the bible. But I knew that I had a desire to learn more as this is a long term relationship with God. As I spent more time with Christ, I began to see Him demonstrate His power. There is nothing like the Power of God. The sad thing is that not many people will experience that power because they are too impatient and want God to serve them rather than SERVE HIM

DO YOU WANT TO WALK CLOSELY WITH GOD?

SECOND INVESTMENT – ME

How do you invest in yourself. First you need to know who you are? What are your strengths, what do you love, what are your natural ways of thinking feeling and behaving.

This is ME. (Diagram)

You are unique. If you are a soft person, celebrate that. If you like weird facts about nature, celebrate that, if you enjoy ZBC please remain behind after the service for prayer.

Discovering ME was the most liberating in the world. You get a new confidence because you are not trying to be anyone else. I like playing Super Mario and watching cartoons. I don’t care if people think that’s childish. That’s who I am and I’m unapologetic about it. I like creating funny clips and writing encouraging blog post. That’s who I am.

What do you enjoy? What are your gifts? Are you trying to fit in or are you STANDING OUT.

Its scary at first trying to be yourself especially if you are creative person.

DO YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE?

THIRD INVESTMENT – FAMILY

Starting a family is a Sacred act. It is one of the things God places great importance on. It is not good for man to be alone and therefore a man must leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife and the two will become one flesh. When a man finds a wife, he finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord. Young ladies, the verse does not say She who finds a husband finds a good thing. Be patient. Don’t be desperate and use your spirituality to manipulate a man. “The Lord showed me you are my husband”. Men if you hear this.. my warning to you… memorize the scripture which says get thee behind me Sa..

I am married to Linnissa, we have been married for 13 years and we have two beautiful children. Brady and Leilani.

Marriage and your family requires investment. Young men and women, the movies mislead you. A good marriage does not just happen automatically. It is not a 50 – 50 commitment. It is a 100 – 100 commitment. It requires you having to do things you don’t normally like to do. It requires learning what each others love languages are and serving those needs. It requires commitment, patience, willingness to work through hard times and communicate.

It requires walking in to a shoe shop and making 823 decisions about which pair is better. Then later when you are dosing and want to sleep.. Babe do you think I made a mistake with the blue pair over the green pair…. Ok ok.. but I don’t have anything that matches with that…

Do things as a family. Make a commitment to them and the future you want.

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD MARRIAGE?

FOURTH INVESTMENT – WORK (CAREER)

Most of the disciples had a trade. Some were fisherman, lawyers, doctors, tax collectors. I am not encouraging anyone here to become a tax collector.

At the age of 23 I started a company called Creative Centre which specializes in Digital Printing, signage and advertising. In November the company will be celebrating 15 years of business.

Successful businesses don’t happen automatically. It requires a lot of sacrifice, hard work, frustrations, disappointments, set backs. Also doing it in a way which brings glory and honour to God is not always easy. You spend many hours in the work place and you have the chance to inspire and make a difference in peoples lives through what you do.

Don’t work for money. Work for PASSION. Find what you are passionate about and go all in. I love what I do but that doesn’t mean its always easy.

Invest in ways that cause you to improve and become skillful in your craft. Walk with wise men. Proverbs 10:10 He who walks with the wise will himself become wise. If you want to learn how to succeed, look for mentors who have gone before you who have succeeded and they will help you along your journey.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A SUCCESS?

FIFTH INVESTMENT – COMMUNITY

This beautiful life we have is not just for us. We are all connected and we are all pieces of an amazing masterpiece.

Giving back to the community is a great example Jesus set. He taught people, he set people free from sickness and disease, he inspired them to be who God called them to be.

Jesus commanded his disciple to go in to the world (the community) and make a difference.

I have been involved in projects that give out blankets to the homeless, collecting school shoes for children in the rural area. Done events to create awareness for initiatives that help underprivileged children or people with disabilities. I have been a part of coaching sport, giving talks to encourage young people and young entrepreneurs and I am looking forward to being available to be used in many other ways.

How can you serve the community? And it doesn’t need to be the way I am involved. I was inspired by a story of a young girl who asked what she could do to help in her community. She was good with children and realized that many moms and dads were so busy and didn’t have time to do things together as Husband and Wife  because of all their commitments. She decided to offer a babysitting service so that Husbands and Wives could have the opportunity to INVEST IN THEIR MARRIAGES.

Some people write great stories and it’s a wonderful way to bond as families at bedtime. May be your stories wont be the same as C.S Lewis but they will make a difference in someones life.

DO YOU WANT TO INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Conclusion:

Many of just DON’T WANT TO…

Do you want to walk closely with GOD? Ah but I don’t have time.. I work on a Sunday

BOTTOM LINE – I don’t want to follow God

Do you want to be the best you you can be? I don’t come from a well off family.. I am not good at anything

BOTTOM LINE – I don’t want to try and improve myself!

Do you want to have a flourishing marriage? Ah you don’t know my spouse.. He is like this and he is like…

BOTTOM LINE – I don’t want to invest in improving my marriage

Do you want to succeed in your work? Ah.. the economy in Zims eesh..

BOTTOM LINE – I don’t want to make the effort required in succeeding in my career!

Do you want to invest in the community? Ah .. I cant make any money by helping people.. If I do anything what difference will it make.. I am not capable of helping others

BOTTOM LINE – I don’t want to do it

An excuse is a well thought out lie. Rather than saying I CANT – ask HOW CAN I?

The HOLY SPIRIT has been invested in each and everyone of us and we have no excuse because greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead has been invested in each of us. He has uniquely crafted our gifts and talents and empowered us by the power of the Holy Spirit to do even greater things that JESUS DID.

Mark 9:23 All things are possible to him who BELIEVES!

When JESUS looks at us like he did with the man at the pool of Bathesda and asks DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL? Will we give him excuses and say we don’t have anyone to put us in OR Will we respond and say YES LORD I WANT TO BE MADE WELL.

I WANT TO KNOW YOU GOD

I WANT TO KNOW MYSELF

I WANT MY FAMILY AND MARRIAGE TO SUCCEED

I WANT TO EXCEL IN MY CAREER

I WANT TO BE AN ASSET TO MY COMMUNITY

INVEST IN GOD

INVEST IN YOURSELF

INVEST IN YOUR FAMILY

INVEST IN YOUR CAREER

INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY

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