Leaps of Faith
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. (Acts 3:6-7 ESV)
I love the story of the lame man who was begging for alms when Peter and John walked by. This man was looking to be taken care of. This man was looking to be fed or given enough coins to meet his daily needs. The apostles knew a Better Way!
They didn’t just give this man a day’s living, they gave him Life; life eternal – for now on this earth and forever in heaven. Not a cold coin, dropped onto hardened ground, but an amazing, living relationship that would melt his heart of stone.
The man didn’t argue nor did Peter give him opportunity. Knowing he needed the Savior, Peter grabbed him and changed his life forever.
And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. (Acts 3:8 ESV)
We need to be aware of the hurting and lame around us and not offer them riches or prosperity, but rather take their hands and lead them to the Healer. Oh how God longs to have new disciples walking and leaping their way into our fellowships, praising Him!
Father, forgive us for being so short-sighted in how we reach out to the needy. Not just those who are financially or physically needy, but to all who need You. Fill us afresh, sweet Spirit of God, that we would take leaps of faith in our walks! In Your name, Amen!