“Jesus…said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6”
Kevin Mitnik’s life as a hacker began when he was 13 years old. He persuaded a bus driver to help him bypass the punch card system used by the City of Los Angeles bus system. The ticket punch and an unused transfer slip he found in a dumpster, allowed Kevin Mitnik to ride buses for free.
By the time he was 16, Mitnik found a way to hack into the computer system of the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and copy their software. He then hacked into the Pacific Bell voice mail computers as a prank. He programed a voice to tell customers they needed to deposit money into their phones to hear their messages. People not calling from a pay phone were confused and angry. These hacks led to Mitnik spending 12 months in prison.
Unfortunately, Mitnik resumed hacking within days of his release and spent two and a half years as a fugitive. Even while he was running from the law, he continued to hack dozens of computer networks. It soon became obvious, Kevin Mitnik was unable to control himself. He simply needed to hack. Eventually, he was able to put his obsession to good use.
People who are physically sick desire a healing which is often out of their control. However, the thing commonly standing in the way of people who are spiritually or emotionally sick, is a desire to be made well.
In today’s reading, Jesus heals a sick man. There is no conversation about belief. The only motivation was a desire to be made well. He doesn’t even who it was that healed him. The man just stands up, takes his mat and walks away healed.
It seems strange for a sick person to be asked, “Do you want to be made well?” What sick person would answer, no? Sometimes, like Kevin Mitnik, our sickness is least obvious to ourselves. We continue not realizing what is tearing us apart is ourselves. No matter what your condition, it’s good to remember, healing begins with a desire to be made well.
Click to read: John 5: 1-9
- When has your lack of desire to be made well stood in your way of a joyful life?
- What does a desire to be made well look like to you?
- Are there areas of your life which need healing? Are these physical, spiritual or emotional?
- How are you communicating your desire to be made well to God?
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