What about me?

“What about me?” exclaimed one of my students. His parents had been effusively praising me for the transformation of their son from a failing eighth-grader to an honor-roll high school graduate headed for a top university. My student was so right! I had done everything I could to help him, but it was his willingness to change, his willingness to try, and his hard work that had led to his success.

My student’s progress reminded me of elements of some of Christ Jesus’ healings. Two healings in particular stand out to me. In each one, Jesus required those asking for healing to do something, and as they were obedient, they were healed.  

In the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda (see John 5:2–9), Jesus asked, “Wilt thou be made whole?” It seems to me that Jesus was asking the man, “Are you willing to change your concept of yourself?” In other words, “Are you willing to let go of past hurts, frustrations, and perceived limitations to embrace your true, spiritual identity as God made you?” 

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Sharing Christian Science unselfishly
March 23, 2020

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