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.
“Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles”. (Acts 2:43) The healing of the man who was lame from birth was one of those wonders. Peter looked straight at him and said, “Jesus cures you” and healing power flowed through the man lifting him to his feet, dancing and praising God. The healing sparked both the preaching of the gospel and persecution for preaching in Jesus name. I liked Greg Wiley’s observation, “Jesus would have passed this lame man many times but did not heal him. It was like he was leaving this work to be done by Peter and John.” What “work” and what person has Jesus left for you?
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
The Bible is where we can turn when we don’t know how to pray. Take a moment to be still and reflect on God’s word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105.