Peter and John walked through the dusty streets heading toward the temple at the hour of prayer. Perhaps you know the story. There not dressed in any striking fashion, not wearing their Saturday bests. It’s just another mid-afternoon prayer time.
They met a lame man sitting near the gates begging alms of the passers-by. Peter get’s his attention—“Look at us.”
What do I do in this situation?
I dig through my pockets; Hand over a dollar or two; Make him promise not to buy liquor or drugs with it; Make my way to church; Pat my self on the back; Check—care for the poor—off my list.
But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene--walk!" - Acts 3:6 NASB
When I was digging through my pockets, I overlooked the vast limitless Presence which “I do have.” The Spirit of the Living God who according to Jesus’s promise moved in years ago, never to leave me or forsake me.
Could I stop and pray with the man?
Could I command him to look at me?
Would my eyes communicate such faith and expectation as to motivate this cripple would take my hand?
Would I have the courage to pull him up?
Does the name of Jesus still have this power?
And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. - Acts 3:16 NASB
I know it does! I have seen the lame walk. I have touched eyes and seen them healed. I have seen Father mend breaks, and I’ve seen demons flee.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8 NASB
So why not today?
Yeah—why not today?
Lord, lead me to someone who needs Your touch today. Give me eyes to see outside my fog of self-interest into the realm of Your compassion.
Be careful out there—no wait—Be fearless out there.