3 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!” 5 So 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
I have just taught this lesson to my scripture classes and it is so good to be reminded of what I have! The beggar needed money to survive because he couldn’t work. Peter and John (on the way to the temple – and therefore just “in their going…”) don’t focus on what they don’t have (money) – they give of what they do have – power and authority to heal in the name of Jesus.
The result of this is life- changing not just for the lame man – but for the community of people around him. They are awed and bewildered!
I carry around in me – the authority and power of God to see lives changed in Jesus name.
Lord I am so often blinded by what I don’t have – help me give freely to those around me from the power and authority I carry with me in Your name.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn