Healing on the Sabbath
3 Jesus returned to the synagogue. A man with a withered hand was there. 2 Wanting to bring charges against Jesus, they were watching Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 3 He said to the man with the withered hand, “Step up where people can see you.”4 Then he said to them, “Is it legal on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they said nothing. 5 Looking around at them with anger, deeply grieved at their unyielding hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he did, and his hand was made healthy. – Mark 3:1-5 (CEB)
In today’s passage, Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath. In his day, this was considered by many, not the right time to do the right thing. By example, Jesus shows them a different way. Speaking to students at Oberlin College, civil rights leader and pastor Martin Luther King, Jr, would echo this message:
“The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Some messages are classic and timeless. I first heard this quote from leadership guru, John Maxwell, who shared that this was a lesson his father taught him. It’s a lesson I’m trying to teach my children and a reminder to myself.
Doing the right thing is not always easy. We are tempted to take shortcuts, or avoid pushback and conflict, but the message still remains, “The time is always right to do what’s right.”
Where do you need to find the motiviation to do the right thing? Maybe it’s making the hard apology, maybe it’s not cutting ethical corners at work. I don’t know what challenge you are facing today, but it’s not any bigger than the challenges Dr. King and Jesus faced. I hope this message today inspires you to do the right thing in the face of adversity.
Prayer: Lord, doing the right thing is often not easy. By your love and grace, may your Spirit impower us this day to do the right thing, no matter the circumstance. Teach us again the it’s always the right time to do the right thing. Amen.