Computer mogul Bill Gates is well known for saying “I like to hire lazy people, because they always find the quickest and easiest way to do things.” While I agree partly with his statement, it got me thinking on whether the easiest way (short cutting) was always the best?
Don’t get me wrong, I like to do things the quickest way I can, so I can kick my feet up, icy drink in hand casually channel surfing. Especially if it’s hot!
However, Bill’s statement got me thinking back to a story about Jesus who finds himself surrounded by people asking, begging, and pleading with him for healing. It was at this point, a paralysed man was bought to him on his bed.
It’s also worth noting that the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s were in attendance, watching Jesus’ every move hoping to trip him up.
When Jesus noticed the paralysed man he said to him, “Son. Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.” Of course this got the pharisee’s and their kin, muttering to each other deeply offended wondering who Jesus was to tell someone their sins were forgiven. That was there job.
The bible says that Jesus turned to them, after knowing their thoughts and asked them, “Which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven you’ or ‘Arise and walk.”
They answered “Your sins are forgiven you” because saying that didn’t require any kind of action on their behalf, where as if they had of chosen “Arise and Walk” proof would have needed to be provided, the paralysed man would have to be healed. And they most certainly couldn’t do that.
He answered them by saying, “Truthfully it’s much harder for you to say, “Your sins are forgiven you.” He turned to the paralysed man and said “Arise and walk.” and he was instantly healed. Much to the amazement of everybody.
You see, for God to forgive sin, he had to send His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, but to heal, he only needs one word, one commandment, and the earth and everything it shall bow down and obey.
Sure makes me realise that I should never take anything on face value again. Though it may look hard on the outside, in truth it might be the right way, and easy too. As Jesus said, “Take on my yoke because it is light and my burden easy! So let me encourage you to seek His opinion when faced with a tough decision or short cutting, I’m sure He knows the right thing for you to do!