The Greater Need

Posted: October 26, 2011 in The Word
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Acts 3

1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

The heart of Peter in this passage has totally changed my mindset. One thing that I noticed is that Peter pays minimal attention to the fact that this man was poor and was begging for money. I know Peter didn’t have any silver or gold with him, but it seems to me like he gets past that fact rather quickly. Peter doesn’t think twice about trying to maybe scoop up a coin or two or even make effort to find some money for this man. Peter gets straight to the point. What’s so awesome about this is that Peter knows what this man’s greater need is. Peter knew that more than money, this begger needed to be touched by Jesus. And that’s exactly what he gave him.

We are all surrounded by “beggers” in our lives everyday. The begger in this story sat outside of this temple day in and day out. He was constantly there, being passed by everyone who entered. Once we begin to acknowledge the beggers in our lives, then we’ll be able to act accordingly like Peter did. When the beggers, or hurting people around us begin to ask us for help, we need to begin giving them something much greater. Now don’t get me wrong, helping someone out financially, with work, and all of that stuff isn’t bad or wrong in any way. We are called to do that. But we also need to understand that the greatest thing we can offer a hurting person is an encounter with Jesus. Like Peter, when you have nothing else to offer someone, offer them the greatest thing that they could ever need, Jesus Christ.

One of the coolest things about this story is what the man does after he is healed. He doesn’t say hey thanks, Peter and walk away. He gets up and goes into the temple and begins jumping around and praising God, where everyone else could see him. What’s even cooler is that everyone in there recognized him as the lame man who sits outside the temple everyday, and they knew that this man had experienced God. Who knows what impact you or anyone else could have by simply sharing Jesus with one lame, or hurting person.

 

Nate

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  1. Andrew George says:

    nice. good stuff champ!

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