Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 3
Today, we read in Acts 3 about how Peter healed a crippled beggar. The beggar had been lame since birth and was brought to the Beautiful Gate daily to beg for money. The gate was called “beautiful” because it was covered in Corinthian brass, which had tarnished over time to reveal splendid colors. On this day, the beggar expected the same as he did every other day: money. Instead, he was the recipient of a miracle, not by his faith, but by the faith of Peter. There was something special about this lame man who God wanted to use as an example.
1 Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. 4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” 7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
Jesus performed many miracles while he was on Earth and gave power and authority to his 12 apostles to continue his work after his ascension (Luke 9:1-2). One of my observations from this passage is that timing is crucial. A biblical timeline sets Acts 3 in the year 30 AD. If the man had been crippled from birth, he was over 40 years old and a familiar sight at the temple gate. Jesus may have passed him on more than one occasion. Why hadn’t Jesus healed the man while he was alive? Because God’s timing is as important as his will. Greater glory was given to God when Peter healed the beggar through the power of the Holy Spirit in him. Peter did not have all the answers, but he did have Jesus.
Believers today have the same power to help people change their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. The crippled man would have been satisfied with a monetary donation to support his condition. I sometimes wonder if I am satisfied with my current state because I am willing to settle for less than what God wants to give me. Have I been expecting the wrong things from God?
Another important point to note is that once the crippled man was healed, he did not immediately return home. Instead, he clung to Peter and John and entered the temple jumping and praising God. As new believers, you should surround yourself with other believers, show them how God has changed you, praise him for it, and be ready to share the good news!
Are you spiritually crippled, sitting outside of the presence of God? What will it take for you to get up and walk, telling others what God has done for you, and praising him? Do you believe that God can do the unexpected in your life? If not, why?
You were born at a specific time, in a specific place, and for a specific purpose. Identify what makes this the right moment for you on God’s timeline by reflecting on your talents and experiences. Journal how these could help others and watch how God uses you, through the Holy Spirit, to do great things. Be sure to give credit where credit is due … Jesus Christ!
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to recognize the power of the Holy Spirit in me. Keep me ever mindful of your full potential to do the unexpected through me. Use me today to do things I would never have expected myself to be capable of. Help me to show others that I am different because of your grace. In your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She is enjoying retirement and feels blessed to be writing for LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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