Some of the most difficult patients to help in the medical profession are those individuals who are “noncompliant.” They know what they need to do to be healthy, but for whatever reason, they do not comply with the recommendations made. Physicians are no better. My wife is constantly on me to eat healthier and exercise on a regular basis. She has learned not to send me to Wal-mart on an empty stomach because I invariably return with items that were not on her original list: a box of bottlecaps, a six pack of Pepsi with lime, and a gallon of Blue Bell Ice Cream.  

There are many reasons for noncompliance when it comes to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. People site a lack of time or energy, high cost, side effects and any number of other excuses. One of the most common reasons for noncompliance with treatment is a patient’s failure to see the desperateness of their situation.  

Cancer patients, for instance, are willing to endure major side effects from their treatments because they realize that the situation is a matter of life and death. For those with the common cold, taking a medication or vaccine that can cause an allergic reaction may not seem worthwhile. They may choose to tough out the symptoms of the illness on their own.  

The same is true spiritually. Many of us believe we do not need God as a part of our daily lives because we do not understand the desperateness of our situation. Others believe that the “side effects” of a personal relationship with Christ are too costly.

The more we recognized the severity of our spiritual condition before God, the more we are willing to be “compliant” with His treatment recommendations for our lives, even if there is the potential for pain in the process. We sign the blank consent form and let Him write in the details of our personalized treatment plan.

The man born blind described in the book of John chapter 9 was in a desperate situation. He was suffering physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. He was ready for the cure that Jesus had to offer and he was willing to step out in faith and do all that was necessary to receive his sight. So when Jesus spit on the ground and put mud in his eyes, he did not complain. When Jesus sent him to the pool of Siloam, he stumbled all the way. It did not matter to him that Jesus was healing on the Sabbath (a big no-no with the spiritual leaders of the day) or that he could be excommunicated from the synagogue for simply being associated with Jesus. He went and he washed.

The bible says that God will reveal himself to those who seek Him with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) This requires us to accept Him however, wherever, and whoever He reveals Himself to be. Are you that desperate?