“A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.’ And immediately the man became well and took up his pallet and began to walk.” John 5:5-9 NASB
It is time for the church to begin to stand up. In New York, they passed a bill that says not only can you have an abortion, but you can also birth your baby and then kill it. Murder your child, get rid of it. In 1 Peter 1:16, it says it is time for the church to stand up and be holy. In Matthew 5:14, it says it is time to stand up and be light to the world. In John 5:8, it says to pick up your pallet. Jesus is dealing with a man here who is at the pool of Bethesda. Every day the angel would come down and stir the waters. The first person to get into the waters would get healed. The problem was that this man was hanging around a bunch of sick people so when the waters stirred, none of them thought to put him in, they were putting themselves in.
Jesus looked at this man and asked if he wanted to get well, and the man said yes. So, Jesus said then fine, pick up your pallet, and walk. A pallet is a mat that lays on the ground to sleep on. You cannot leave your pallet behind. If you do, your family, friends, the world, anyone that knew you before is going to have expectations that you are coming back. If you don’t pick up your pallet and take it with you, they will say, you left it here because you are coming back.
God may have delivered you from any number of things, but if you leave your pallet others will think you are coming back to that. God is moving you out of situations in your life, changing you and He is telling you, take your pallet with you. When you pick up your pallet, you are saying to everyone listening, “I am not coming back!” Picking up your pallet tells everyone, including yourself, I don’t live there anymore. It isn’t who I am.
I knew a man once who got saved and was living with his girlfriend. She got saved at the same time. The day after they got saved, they came back to the church and told the pastor they didn’t think they were supposed to be living together, so asked if they could get married. The pastor offered to marry them that same day, but they wanted a big wedding. So, the pastor said, you cannot live together. This man said, “I know, I moved out this morning, and she is mad at me because I took my toothbrush.” The woman was asked why she was upset, and she said, “Because that means he isn’t coming back.” The man told her honey, I’m not coming back to spend the night until we are married, if I leave a toothbrush there, it is too easy.
There is an old you and a new you. There is a pallet you and a new you. The old you and the new you cannot occupy the same space. Fear and faith cannot occupy the same space. The prophetic and the pathetic cannot occupy the same space. Love and hate cannot occupy the same space. Your past and your future cannot occupy the same space. The old you was sinful and broken. The old you survived but never thrived. The old you had religion, but it had no relationship. The new you is saved, blood-bought, anointed and blessed. The new you don’t look back at what is behind you if you are born again. The old you is never coming back. Pick up your pallet.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB
You must forget the past and reach ahead to the new you.