“Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” Acts 3:1-10 ESV In this week’s reading we come across a man who has been lame from birth and has made a profession out of begging outside of the temple. As Peter and John approached the man, as was his normal custom he asked them for money. However, to his surprise they gave him something different and far greater than what he was asking for.
Reflecting on the role of the man in this story, one thing that strikes me is that he remains nameless. This I think is because he doesn’t just represent himself but humanity on a whole. Like the man, many of us have settled for believing that some of life’s struggles, whether they be illness, addiction or sinfulness are apart of our new found nature in Christ. However, I want to encourage you, that in the same way John and Peter offered the man something greater than silver and gold, Christ is here to offer us something greater than mediocrity or the status quo. John 10:10 tells us that Christ came so we may have life and have it more abundantly. As Christians we are called to live a life full of joy, that is found through spending time in the presence of God. This joyful life I am talking about testifies of God’s goodness in our lives, acting as a testament to those around us. Just like the man’s healing led to him and those who knew him praising God, the joy which is on offer to you in Christ, which is far greater than any silver or gold, should lead others to praise God and want to know more about Him.
So what are you waiting for? Forget the silver and gold, it’s time for us to increase our level of expectancy and desire! What is it you require from God? Don’t settle for what you believe you deserve. Remove every limit, so that Christ may be glorified in your life. Rise up and walk into your destiny. Rise up and walk into your purpose. Rise up and walk into a life that finds all pleasure and fulfillment in Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth... Rise