And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Acts 3:2-5
The paralyzed man , who would spend all his days , sitting in front of the temple, hoping that somebody would throw him some change so he can make it through the day, was about to experience something radical. Often we can envision ourselves as this beggar, as we sit on the floor of the Lords table begging for crumbs
But today this beggar, and hopefully you, will find out that God has something better in store for us than just temporal satisfaction. Yes money can solve this mans trouble for a day but what about tomorrow or next week? The salvation of Christ solves your eternal problems, and makes you Born Again!
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. Acts 3:6-8
The Apostles didn’t have money , but what they did have was the Holy Ghost! Today this beggar thought it was going to be just another ordinary day, however he felt the touch of God and was changed forever! In the name of Jesus he was commanded to walk, and notice by his faith he was healed and praised God!
And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. Acts 3:9-11
Why did God heal this man? Because notice he was a testimony to the power of Jesus Christ! Everyone recognized him as the beggar who would sit on the ground everyday begging for money, but today he was healed, everyone was filled with amazement and wonder
Why motivates or drives you in life? Are you driven by money, success, stature? How about being driven by things that are eternal and good for your soul. As Jesus said “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose your soul” (Mark 8:36) Seek Jesus and find everlasting life Amen!