This passage tells about the first time an apostle healed someone after Jesus’ ascended and sent the Holy Spirit. Peter and John were walking into the temple to pray. At the entrance to the temple there was a beggar. He was crippled and had been since the day he was born. Every day he was carried to the temple gate to beg for money as people were walking in. When Peter and John walked past him, he called out to them for money like he did to everyone else who walked by. But, he had no idea that God had something completely different in mind.

The Holy Spirit must have been moving in both Peter and John because as soon as the beggar asked them for money, they both turned and looked right at him. I can only imagine that there must’ve been many people at that gate begging for money. So, what was it about this particular man that drew their attention unless they were directed by the Holy Spirit to do so?

Peter didn’t have any money to give him, and he told the beggar that. But, Peter did have something he could give: the power of Jesus. He took the beggar’s hand and told him to stand up and walk in Jesus’ name. His feet and legs were instantly healed and he stood up. He started walking. Then he started leaping. Then he started praising God for healing him. He didn’t ask why. He didn’t ask how. He just praised God for the healing power he had just experienced and for the change it produced in his life.

The Lord immediately showed me the parallel in this story.

I wasn’t born with a physical defect, and I’ve never been physically crippled. But, I was born with a sinful nature that crippled me spiritually. The day I gave my life to Christ, he healed me and changed my life forever. And my entire life should praise him for that just like the beggar immediately praised God for his healing.

The beggar didn’t complain about the fact that he still had no money or no job, even though those circumstances hadn’t changed. He simply consumed himself with praising God for healing his legs.

So, why do I let my circumstances get to me so much? Why do I complain about the things God isn’t changing when I should be praising him for changing me? No matter what is going on in my life, Jesus saved me and that is always worthy of praise. And my entire life should reflect that.

If I have a bad day at work…
If I’m feeling insecure or inadequate…
If I’m struggling with relationships…
If I feel like everything is going wrong and nothing is going right…

It doesn’t matter. Jesus is on the throne. He saved me. And my entire life should praise him because of it.

 

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