Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. (John 5:8-9)
There are many church and religious leaders today that think they have the authority to tell Christians what to do. But they only have authority to pass along the commands in the Bible, they have no authority to make up their own interpretations like the Pharisees were doing here. The one who has complete authority over our lives is Jesus Christ. We must obey the things that He says to us through God’s word. He is the one who healed us, not our pastor or deacons. We must follow Jesus first.
Do not become slaves of the religious leaders. Rather, become slaves of Christ.