In Acts Chapter three we join Peter and John as they were on their way into the temple and are interrupted, God works a miracle and Peter again follows the Lords prompting to exclaim the gospel.
Peter and John were on their way to a prayer meeting. They had something important to do, ministry work, a prayer meeting. These guys were heading the largest start up mega church ever. This church would still rival most we have here in America, and it was exponentially growing at a crazy rate. In our days this church was going viral on facebook. Three thousand believed and were baptized in one occurrence and many more were being added to their numbers daily! However Peter and John listened to the spirit and allowed themselves to be interruptible. They took the time to notice the cripple begging next to the gate named beautiful. These first few verses alone convicted me. I thought of the many times I am on my way to work, or to meet a friend, or the gym, or even to church, and I see someone in need and do not give them a second thought. I am praying the spirit will break my heart for others in this way. It’s easy to sponsor a child, or buy a t-shirt that donates to a non-profit doing work across the globe but what about taking notice of our neighbors, or the people we pass on the street daily.
Then something beautiful happens Peter stops and looks him straight in the eye, and says “”look here,” the man looks up expecting to receive a gift and Peter proclaims “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.” Acts 3:6-8 How often does God work in this way, both in the bible and in our lives? A person prays for one thing and by his grace he answers in another way. He gives us what we need instead of what we want. The man wanted money to eat, he gave him Faith! Not even the ability to walk but faith, Peter exclaims it in verse 16 “Faith in Jesus’ name put this man, whose condition you know so well, on his feet – yes, faith and nothing but faith put this man healed and whole right before your eyes.” Walking was a by product, an extra blessing, faith is a gift, the softening of the heart of a man crippled from birth, he had no reason to hope, but in that instant God touched his heart, caused him to believe and receive his blessing, then a miracle was done. Everyone present watched a cripple receive new life.
We can learn something from his response as well. What would most people do? Jump up and down exclaim I can walk, run and tell their friends maybe. He responded right away with praise to God, he recognized his savior and proclaimed the good work he did in his life. He shared his story, and allowed Gods work in him to not terminate there, he shared his blessing with others thereby allowing himself to be used to proclaim Gods name. Take the time to share your story friends! Gods works in all of our lives in different ways, and he does so to bring glory to his name, to cause worship in our hearts. Your story happened specifically to touch your heart and certain peoples hearts you come in contact with. Share your blessings with others, not just money, or material blessings, but your story, the work God has done in your life.
Then after sharing your story take the opportunity to exclaim the Gospel. In verse 12 it starts out like this “When peter saw he had a congregation, he addressed the people:” then he proclaimed the good news unadulterated. Again just like in chapter two a great miracle occurs then he immediately uses the miracle for the intended purpose to bring God glory.
I encourage you this week to be interruptible, listening to the quiet call and tugging at your heart to serve others. Also when praying be open not just to receive what you are asking for, or expecting, but for what God knows you need. Then share your story, proclaim the name of Jesus, give glory to God by sharing your blessings with others.