1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple for the time of prayer at three in the afternoon. 2 A man who was lame from birth was being carried there. He was placed each day at the temple gate called Beautiful, so that he could beg from those entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple, he asked for money. 4 Peter, along with John, looked straight at him and said, “Look at us.” 5 So he turned to them, expecting to get something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!” 7 Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong. 8 So he jumped up and started to walk, and he entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized that he was the one who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him. — Acts 3:1-10
The Lame Beggar Healed
by Ellyn Sheets
Have you ever been in a situation where you just felt awkward, knowing you should do something, but not knowing what? This is how I felt when I first arrived in Africa as missionary. I had seen beggars before, but not of this magnitude. They were all over the city and of all ages, from young to old. Knowing I could not at the time give them any money, I felt the desire to do something, but I did not know what.
So, with a heavy heart, I would do nothing. You see, besides never talking to a beggar on the street before, I was afraid that what I might do would offend them because of their customs. I did not have the faith to do what I knew I should. But after several months of wrestling with the Holy Spirit and feeling guilty for not doing more, I decided I could not fear these people who were different from me.
Finally one afternoon, I sat down with a lady and began to ask her questions about her life. The look of gratitude on her face came instantly. She was in shock that a white girl from America would take the time to sit down and listen. I was able to speak truth from God’s Word to this woman, and you could see the light shine in her eyes. She was not only eager to hear the Word, she was encouraged. When I left, she was smiling from ear to ear and told me she could not wait to tell her children what I had shared with her. I also left that day smiling ear to ear, knowing God always places us at the right place at the right time.
Peter and John did not have money for the lame beggar. They had the power of Jesus Christ to offer him—and that was more than enough.
Friends, when is the last time you offered someone hope? Go forth today, asking God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and then to give you an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ!
- How often do you stop to engage people who are different than you?
- Do you pray for opportunities to share truth with others?
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