3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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.
11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, 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? 13 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. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 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 completely healed him, as you can all see.
This is a pretty basic story, nothing too deep to unfold. However I want to note that one MAJOR thing that happened:
Evangelism. This incredible miracle was used as a springboard for sharing the Gospel! We hear often that people are looking for radical miracles in their lives, and are often discouraged when they don’t occur. We hear people praying for healing for cancer, healing for sickness, for pain, for discouragement, all these things we want God to miraculously change. However, in Scripture (just as in today’s passages) miracles are used for a purpose. The goal is to glorify God and spread HIS Word.
I am not saying that a shift in “reasoning” is going to magically grant our requests from God. There are often times where we are in circumstances so that we can share the comfort God has given us with others going through similar circumstances. Here I am pointing out that if our reasoning for being healed or seeing miracles is our own comfort, confirmation, or entertainment then you’re pretty much guaranteed not to see them. Miracles, great acts of the Spirit, are used to glorify God and spread His Word. What is important to you? What is your reasoning for wanting healed? What are your priorities?
Father I desire to care MOST about sharing the Good News. Help me to not be caught up in looking for entertainment or some other skewed desire. I pray that my relationship with You is based on what Christ has done on the cross instead of what You can do for me now. Change my perspective and reorganize my priorities.
Take note of all those little things that happen in your life that seem miraculous, or even cool, and share them with others for the PURPOSE to glorify God in it. Give God praise!