One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
guess what was the first thing that caught my eye.
a temple gate called ‘Beautiful’!
wow what beautiful name!
i would definitely get out of my way just to use that gate to go to the temple all the time haha.
second thing that i realised, was how normal Peter and John must’ve looked.
if i was a crippled beggar, i would beg, but not stare anyone in the eye.
i would be so ashamed and would be in self-pity.
ashamed that im in such a situation.
sure i would look at their face to see if they showed any compassion.
but there will never be a staring contest.
the moment they start to stare at me or study me,
i will look away.
thats prolly why Peter had to say “look at me.”
and im sure the crippled man did look at Peter and John as commanded.
but what he saw, was not a sparkly floating angel.
he saw a potential person interested to donate some resources out of pity.
he saw hope that maybe there will be money. or maybe there will not be.
what he didnt see was the word “APOSTLE” stamped on Johns face.
he didnt see a miracle worker.
he didnt see a halo atop his head.
nor was there wings sprouting from his back.
so who was John and Peter?
they were normal people like you and me.
(they were also poor btw)
yet they could do powerful and supernatural things.
we can too.
stop comparing yourself to pastors or great missionaries.
(we like to complain “no lah, im not like that guy, i cannot pray for you” or “dont give me such a big task lah, i’m not that great”)
we also can do great and mighty things.
we need to,
for the sake of those around us.
While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
John and Peter were normal like you and me.
the great and mighty things were not done because they were great and mighty.
it was the empowerment of God in their lives.
We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.
God desires for all of us to be empowered this way.
i believe that we need to seek Him and obey His commands for us to live this empowered lifestyle.
we dont have to be born with certain talents. or trained to do certain things. (like speaking/preaching)
because ultimately, God uses the simple and the meek and the humble and the willing.