“Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk’” (John 5:8).
While salvation is certainly the product of God’s grace, nonetheless, by its very nature the life of faith engenders a sense of responsibility. What was true of the lame man miraculously made well is no less true of the church. Padded pews can easily become the pallet upon which we sit and watch the world go by. We, too, must get up, pick up, and walk out of our sanctuary if we are to truly discover the wellness and life of missional service God would desire for us.