We have all seen children or adults in wheelchairs, whether they are there since birth or from an accident we don´t know. One thing we do know, their legs are not working.
Sometimes the legs can be thin, no muscle mass and they are atrophied.
Now imagine the beggar at the gate beautiful. Lame since birth, his only way to make a living was by begging at the entrance of the temple. This man had never ever stood on his feet.
When Peter and John are about to go into the Temple for their prayer time, they see this beggar at the gate and Peter says, “Look at us.”
This was not to draw attention to themselves, but they needed the full attention of this beggar for the miracle Jesus was about to perform.
There have been times in my life where I needed to stop and pay attention, as I can get easily distracted.
Peters next words are all too familiar to us. “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
How could he rise up, he is lame? The word says, but then he was lifted up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. He received his strength as he rose. He needed to put some action into his healing.
I have found out in order to receive what I am believing for, I need to act upon it in faith.
- Fix our eyes on Jesus, don´t be distracted. This beggar asked for money, instead received a new pair of legs. We never know how God will surprise us.
- The man sat at the same place, every day taken there by some family member. Perhaps its time to change your focus from asking to receiving in faith.
- When we can´t stand on our own, reach out for that helping hand with gratitude and your strength will return to you.
Bible reading Acts 3:1-9