The Journey 20: Transformation In The Life Of Sick & Suffering
Read; John 5:1-18
One of the sights that you can see in India, especially in Kerala is the sights of elephants being for heavy labour. But what to do when they are not working? How do you restrain them?.The handlers came up with the idea to program them while they are still young by setting self imposed limits into their thinking. How did they do it? When the elephants are small and young, they get tied with very heavy rope. All day long the elephants try to get rid of it, whine, tug at it and some of them even try to chew it. But they cant break free. Finally the elephant gives up the and the fight is over. Form this moment on they strongly believe that there is absolutely no chance to get rid of the rope. They accept the fact that the rope limits them and thus with is belief imprinted in their mind, the handlers are able to tie strong elephants with small ropes. They believe they have no chance to break the rope. As you know the limits that the elephant set is not real it is only a mental block that the elephant created.
I believe there are lot of people who do not experience healing and transformation because they have set certain limits in their thinking or are blinded by many unhealthy practices and scripts that they learnt in life. In the Biblical portion we read, we find that before Jesus healed the man lying at the pool he asked him whether he wants to be healed. This is a question that has powerful ramification not only in his life but also in our lives too. The question is basically asked so that the man would break free from the self imposed thinking or the negative thinking that he might have set all these thirty eight years lying at the pool feeling totally lost and cynical because there was nobody to help him to get healed. The process of healing begins when we remove from our life all the things that binds us or blocks us from leading a abundant life through Jesus Christ. In very human being there are lot of factors that puts us in fetters of chain. God does not want us to leave a half hearted life on the contrary live a life where the philosophy is “ There is nothing that God and I cannot do together”. Jesus frees from all self imposed negative thinking that stands as a hindrance to healing that He offers. Thus “ If the Son sets you free you are free indeed” [ John 8:36]. Paul also say that “ it is for freedom that Christ has set us free and hence we should not be yoked by slavery” [ Gal 5:1]
Let us ask ourselves are we totally free in Christ or are we still bound by negative thinking that inhibits us to live a transformed live through Jesus Christ?
What binds you today?
For Further Study: John 8, Galatians 5
Let us Pray: Dear God you want us to live life of healing and freedom. But we often are bound by scripts and life style that puts us in chains. Free us so that we live abundant life through you. Amen