Acts 3:1 -9 informs the story of Peter, John and a lame beggar.
The short version is this: the beggar asked Peter and John for cash, but, being broke, they provided him something else: a miraculous recovery.
I wonder what’d have occurred if the apostles had had money.
Would they’ve merely done exactly what many of us do– throw money at the trouble instead of investigating it? Hmm.
I’m not recommending that we strive to be destitute, however I do believe we can discover a couple of things from this occasion.
1. The Beggar Had Limitations
If we can read his thought and feelings, I’m thinking we’d hear something like, “I’ve been a beggar all of my life which is all I’ll ever be.” Because his destiny was wrapped up in his self worth, his narrow self esteem obstructed other possibilities in his life.
Lesson to us:
What life regulates unconsciously dictate your habits? Do you sabotage your own task promotion possibilities because your moms and dads informed you that you’d never amount to anything? Do you consider yourself as “dumb” since some school mates chided you or due to the fact that your 5th grade educator believed you were desperate? Do you’ve trouble imagining a much better tomorrow because your granny informed you that life on this earth will always teem with troubles? My point is this: you’ve untapped potential. In spite of exactly what you could think about yourself, truth is that you’ve within you the ability to skyrocket past those self-imposed restrictions.
2. Peter and John Looked Past Those Limitations
The beggar, who’d been lame from birth, was reached the temple gate every day so he can plead. Peter and John also went to the temple their times of prayer. They’d actually most certainly seen him there numerous, often times. They’d probably given him money from time to time, however on this certain day, the scripture informs us that ‘Peter looked directly at him, as did John.’ (NIV)
In so doing, they all of a sudden had a supernatural understanding into his life: this lame man needed something far more essential then cash– he needed the ability to stroll. The apparent? He was a beggar. He required cash. The not-so-obvious? He hadn’t been destined to plead for the rest of his life.
Lesson to us:
Do you see people only as they’re today, or do you visualize their capacity? Exactly what impact could we make in others’ lives if we, like Peter and John, looked at them and saw beyond the superficial to the much deeper problems of their presents, their dreams and their untapped talents? How’d the lives of our spouses, our kids, our good friends and our co-workers be different if we practiced this principle?
3. Peter and John Did Not Restriction God
Until Jesus became part of Peter and John’s lives, they were simple fishermen born into fishermen families, undoubtedly resigned to the fate life had given them. One wonders if their own improvements gave them the understanding to see prospective in others. These two had experienced a reanimated Christ, they’d experienced Jesus’ physical ascension into the clouds and they’d actually been fulled of the Holy Spirit. Since they’d actually found out not to restrict a limitless God, they’d no reservations about announcing these words to the beggar.
Lesson to us:
I wish I’d the faith of Peter and John. I truly do. However the lesson to me is to use what faith I do have. In 2011, my partner experienced a brand-new level of faith … she decided that she’d no longer limit God in her life (and, by extension, in my life). We’d “Do Not Limitation Our Unlimited God” posters on walls all over our house. And think what? God:
- Helped us discover an excellent “holiday van”– with a bumper-to-bumper service warranty– for the precise dollar quantity we’d actually budgeted.
- Helped my daughter-in-law, fresh out of college, protect a job 15 others were obtaining.
- Provided a teaching job for my daughter that she didn’t get, the day she got turned down for a teaching task she had applied for.
As I mentioned earlier, this post isn’t a suggestion that we become destitute so that God can use us in more powerful ways. It’s rather a difficulty to look beyond exactly what cash can do … to “look intently” at others, to establish empathy for the one needing help, to consider gifts that surpass a financial contribution and to end up being associated with people’s lives.
We’ll discover that such providing will certainly cost more than a couple of dollars, we’ll certainly be providing our time, our energy and our psychological support.
Expensive? Very much so, but is thisn’t exactly what Jesus offered for us?