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When Jesus healed the paralyzed man in John 5, His command was, “Pick up your mat and walk.”
- You see this man only needed the mat to lie on because he was paralyzed. Once he was healed, he should have had no need for the mat. So why was Jesus so concerned with him picking up the mat?
- I will suggest that perhaps Jesus wanted the man to carry the mat as a reminder of the way Jesus healed him. For the rest of his life, he’d be able to remember God’s faithfulness. He could also carry the mat as a symbol of hope for other people lying paralyzed on their mats.
- But what if Jesus asked him to pick up his mat so he could put it to work? · Ephesians 2:8-10reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- We all have our “mats.” We all have reasons to cry out to God and ask for His grace. But when God gives us His grace, it’s not just for us to hold onto. God gives us grace so we can put it to work in the world around us.
Christmas. It is one of the most joyous Christian holidays, a time to remember the birth of Christ our savior. Christmas is a time to share our blessings with one another, and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving, and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.