Sunday Sermon by Rev. Jesse Mwai
When you have suffered long, when you have been jobless for long, when you have been sick for long, when you have been broke for long; people begin to define and associate you with your situation, and after awhile, your situation becomes a barrier that prevents you from beholding the open door and the opportunities that comes with each new day.
In John Chapter 5, Jesus encounters a man who has been by the pool for 38 years. 38 years is a long time to be in a situation. Of course, Jesus knows the reason why the lame man is siting by the pool, the man knows that Jesus; or anyone for that matter, would know without asking. Jesus is also able to heal the man even without asking what it is the man is doing by the pool. Healing had taken been happening for 38 years, yet the man never experienced healing.
“Do you want to be healed?” Jesus asked.
“Lord, I don’t have anyone to to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up. I try to get in, but someone else always gets there first,” the man replied.
Many of us are waiting for opportunities that keep passing us by because we fail to seize them. Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While chronos refers to chronological or sequential time, kairos signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.
The man, having been by the pool for 38 years and having not experienced healing, must have thought that an encounter with Jesus was going to be business as usual, the way it had been for the last 38 years.Jesus asked the most straight forward question that addressed the need he had wanted to be met for 38 years. Yet, instead of saying, “Sir, yes sir, I want to be healed!” he explained his situation, circumstance and the barrier that had prevented him from experiencing healing.
There are 3 lessons that we can learn from John 5:1-15.
Seize the Moment
Notice what happens when Jesus asks, “Do you want to be healed?” The man refers to the situation he has been for the last 38 years instead of seizing the moment. Sometimes, we fail to seize the moment because we keep sharing our dreams and ideas with people who see our sharing as an answer to their prayer requests. Before you know it, they have taken the idea and run with it! This year, I pray that most of us stop sharing our ideas with people and instead, we will have the courage and determination to run with our own ideas without fear.
2. Don’t Lose Focus
Do not put your trust in man. It will make you lose focus on God. Remember the time Peter walked on water? As long as he kept his focus on Jesus, he managed to walk on water. But the moment he began focusing on the waves around him, he began sinking! Our success in life depends on God and not fellow man. We need to keep our focus on God because our help comes from him.
3. Take a Risk
Be a risk taker. Most successful business people know that the higher the risk, the higher the returns! Peter was a risk taker. While the other disciples trembled in fear, Peter said, “If it is You Lord, command me to walk on water!” and when Jesus said, “Come!” Peter took a risk and started walking. He didn’t wait for a committee to give him the go ahead. Sharing your idea with a committee can lead to your idea getting killed by people who use pros and cons to trash your idea.
This is a new year that calls for a new mentality and thinking. I desire that those who are single will get married this year and we will soon be dedicating babies instead of praying for marriages, year in, year out. I pray that we will seize our Kairos moment by taking risks. God bless you!
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison