Do You Want to be Made Well?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?” -John 5:6
In this encounter the Apostle John doesn't mention whether or not Jesus asked this of any of the other people who were present who also had physical problems. If anyone else was asked the question and honestly responded with "no" then John didn't include them in the story. One noteworthy part of this stroll by the Pool of Siloam and the resulting miracle is the fact that Jesus asked this question before doing anything.
Why would Jesus ask a physically disabled person if they wanted to be made well? One might assume that they would certainly want to be but Jesus didn't assume anything. He asked. The reason Jesus asked is because not everyone wants to be made well.
Nobody likes to suffer and struggle and living with health issues is no picnic. But to truly be made well means that everything about that person's life will then change. The man in John's account had been in that condition a long time. This was going to be a major life change.
A very human response to hardships is to settle in to living a life of being a victim. It is a comfortable place in that selfishness seems justified and a lack of any effort to improve is also seemingly justified. The motivational poster on the victim's wall simply says, "I can't." And they are right. Any time you say you can't you are absolutely correct.
In this instance the solution was going to be a miraculous intervention, although the man answering the question probably didn't know that. For all he knew he was being asked a rather obvious question and was about to receive some advice or ridicule. But he genuinely wanted to be made well so he answered honestly.
If you suffer from any health issues or look at the bathroom scale and know that health issues are right around the corner let me ask you a question. Do you want to be made well? All health issues can be dramatically effected for better or for worse by what we eat and what we do. A radical change to all healthy foods reduces the amount of inflammation in your body and causes an immediate drop in weight. It doesn't take long before you begin to feel much better. Staying the course may not overcome all health issues but it will definitely reduce their effects. Add in whatever exercise you are capable of and everything in your life begins to change.
The positive effects of proper nutrition and exercise on even the unhealthiest body and mind are a long and compelling list. Nothing on that list will truly motivate a person who is resigned to wallow in being a victim though. Do you want to be made well?