Acts 3:1-16 relates the story of the healing of a lame man. Every day, this man’s friends or relatives carried him to the Beautiful Gate of the temple where he sat to ask alms of those entering and exiting. I suspect many people probably ignored him much like we do when we pass homeless people on corners with their hands out and holding signs reading, “Homeless, please help. God bless you.”
On the particular day of this Bible passage though, Peter and John didn’t pass by this man. The scripture says that the man “seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms” (verse 3). When Peter told the man to look at him and John, “ he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them” (verse 5). Now that man was no doubt expecting the next sound he heard to be the plink of a coin in his little tin cup. Instead, he heard Peter say, “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” (verse 6). The story further relates that “he (Peter) took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God” (verses 7-8, NKJ).
Besides being excited about what God can do, we can be excited about three other things we learn from this story. To receive from God, we need to:
- Show up – The lame man was at the temple every day. Jesus let us know that the temple was a house of prayer (see Luke 19:45-46). Do we show up for prayer every day?
- Look up – The lame man looked at Peter and he expected to receive something from him. Do we honestly expect God to do something when we have a need?
- Get up – The lame man was open to having his need met in a different way than he expected. Instead of lifting his cup to Peter and John, he lifted his hand. Are we willing to put our hands into God’s hand and allow Him to take us where He wants us to go? Will we allow God to move us from our handicaps into His strength?
Develop the attitude of the lame man. Show up every day and enter God’s presence in prayer. Look up expectantly to receive from Him. And then get up walking in His ways, leaping through His open doors, and praising God for His power.
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