Do you want to get well?
I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. Because it sounds like a silly question. If you asked a sick person if they want to get well, chances are you’d get some weird looks.
But as I look at the world around us, I think about the story of Jesus approaching the paralyzed man at the pool. He’s been laying there for years. Jesus, inexplicably, picks him out the crowd. He doesn’t ask how long he’s been there. He doesn’t ask if he needs help into the pool. He asks instead,
“Do you want to get well.”
At first, I wondered why Jesus would ask such a question. But the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s not such a dumb question after all. Our modern culture is positively obsessed with wellness, health, and self-improvement…
…But do we actually want to get well?
The answer to that question, I’m not so sure of.