Some events are so beautiful they need to be shared again and again. The account in Acts 3:1-10 is a powerful example of such an event. This wonderful account is especially amazing, because it takes place in the shadow of the cross and the death of Jesus. His enemies were still walking the streets. The hatred they harbored for Jesus had not diminished, but had increased and was being directed toward His followers.
Something drastic happened to the disciples shortly after Jesus’ death. An infusion of power transformed them. The panic that sent Peter and John and the other disciples cowering in fear and seeking the shadows was gone. The fearful had now become bold. The timid were now brave. Oh, how we in this day need the infilling of the Holy Spirit that so dramatically changed the disciples. We also need to ‘tarry’ in our Jerusalem until we are endued with that power from on high (Luke 24:4).
Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer. They encountered a lame man who was carried and laid at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate. He was there to ask alms of those entering the temple. Peter directed his gaze at the lame man and said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)
Consider with me what Peter and John gave:
- They gave their Presence. We need to come out of the shadows into the open with our witness. We must not be secret disciples. Peter and John came to the temple at the hour of prayer, the busiest time of day. They were in a place where they could be seen by people, especially those who were in need. Lord, get us out in the open with our faith where our presence can be seen and felt. Put us on the spot for Jesus’ sake.
- They gave their Time. They took time out of their religious routine to reach out to the lame man. They stopped and looked and listened rather than hurry on by. It was not so much a look of pity or sadness, but of love and compassion. We could win the world to Christ if we first gave time to prepare ourselves in His presence – they were going to the temple to pray. After the right preparation, we must then give of our time to those in need.
- They gave a Strong Hand to Lift. We need to give a strong hand to lift others up. “And he(Peter) took him by the right hand and raised him up.” (Acts 3:7) We need to use our strength in Jesus’ name to lift up people that need help. We have all heard the truism, ‘people don’t need a hand out – they need a hand up.’ The hand of friendship is good, but people’s greatest need is to be lifted up out of sin.
- They gave Jesus. They ministered to the lame man in the name of Jesus Christ. The man then rightly used his newfound strength: “And he, leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.” (Acts 3:8)
Such As You Have, Give…
~ Brother Roy