Wait a minute! Wait a minute!! What’s going on with my Keurig? There’s a brand new k-cup in the designated slot, properly aligned, full of potential, but the contraption is failing to dispense the caffeine goodness I need to feel invigorated and actually like people prior to 9:00am.

Who should I call? What should I Google?

I’ll post the issue on Facebook. There’s a whole host of coffee addicts connoisseurs on FB that will likely know what to do.

Did you know that coffee machines and tea kettles develop lime scale, or calcium carbonate, if they are not cleaned regularly? They need to be flushed with vinegar to remove any buildup. The process is called descaling and it’s used to remove hard deposits formed by chemicals in water.

Aside: Because I care about you and want you to like other people before 9:00am as well, here’s a link on how to descale a Keurig, if you should ever experience this hardship.

Machines aren’t the only vessels that develop hard deposit buildup. You and I do too.

Let’s briefly discuss the story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda.

“Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.” John 5:1-5

Bethesda, in both Hebrew and Aramaic, could mean either House of Mercy/Grace or shame and disgrace. For the man at the Pool of Bethesda, it meant both.

The man had been ill for a span of time that exceeded the years Jesus Christ walked the earth. For several agonizing days, weeks, months, years, this man witnessed other people being healed and restored at his expense. Others, who I’m sure he’d come to know more intimately. Others, who were less ill than he was during his stay. Others, who were no more favored than he.

The bible says, when Jesus saw Him, he knew he had been in that condition a long time. Now, let’s put aside for a moment that this was Jesus watching. How would someone know that this man had been there for an extended period of time? Perhaps his age? His impoverished state? His familiarity with the area and conditions? His stench?

Surrender has a face.

I’m not talking about the surrender that breeds submission when you’ve done and given all you can. I’m speaking about conceding to the thing you once resisted because you never truly believed you could conquer it in the first place.

Why then, would Jesus ask, “Do you want to be made well?” There is no question that Jesus doesn’t have an answer to in advance. It was more of a statement, than a question. It was extended to give the man the opportunity to ponder his innermost belief about why he was still there.

The battle wasn’t with this man’s ailment; it was with his mind and ultimately his heart.

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” John 5:7

Can I offer that we sometimes get comfortable with being sick…problematic…bitter…average? It takes root in us and we resist change and progress, even if we don’t realize we’re resisting. Prayer, study, and reflection help us to identify the hard areas of our lives that need softening.

Then Jesus said, “Stand up. Pick up your mat and walk.” And immediately the man was well; he picked up his mat and began to walk. John 5:8-9

Surround yourself with people who will challenge your complacency and offer you the truth. People who truly care about you won’t leave you on your mat or sit down and get comfortable alongside you.

Not one of us is perfect. Not one.

We need to continually examine the patterns of our hearts & minds and be honest about what we discover. Flushing out anything that doesn’t foster growth and love will keep us from being bound to our mats.

“The commandments of God do not represent a ladder up which a man or woman climbs to acceptance with God, but the commandments of God are like a mirror in which a man or woman looks and realizes the condition of his or her own life.” – Alistair Begg

Are you struggling with complacency or have you previously identified hard areas in your life and worked to remove them? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment and share below.

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