2 Samuel 23:24-24:25 Acts 3:1-26 Psalm 123:1-4 Proverbs 16:21-23
Verse of the day:
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 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. (Acts 3:9-10)
The healing of the lame beggar in Acts chapter 3 begins with Peter and John on their way to a traditional prayer gathering at the temple. There were probably hundreds, if not thousands of people making their way in while the sick, lame, and helpless were laid outside the gates begging for monetary assistance. A certain man who was lame since birth asked Peter and John for a handout. 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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God (Acts 3:6-8). This lame man was denied a financial gift but he received something way better. He was healed in the name of Jesus! His response was one of praise to God!
A few verses prior to this event Luke wrote, And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). The lame man is a testimony of one of many being added daily to the church. We talk more about the 3000 who were saved in Acts 2 and the 5000 who were saved after the healing of the lame man. However, the individual is extremely important to God. That one person who most people considered an eye sore begging at the gate was on God’s mind. Not only did God heal him in Jesus’ name but God used his jumping and praising as an antecedent to allow another 5000 people to get saved.
I think about the 1.5 million people in the Milwaukee metro area. I pray for all the lost souls and I pray for revival. I pray that we as a church can reach out to huge numbers of the population every week. However, most of the time God grows his church one soul at time. He uses people like you and me to share the Good News with lost and hurting people. He uses us to pray for others in Jesus’ name. He uses us to lead people from being spiritually bankrupt to jumping and praising God. I pray that you will be willing to minister to that one person today who desperately needs to be touched by God.