Ain’t it amazing that just a few months after the murder of Jesus Christ for preaching the authentic way of life, His disciples were performing great miracles by simply using His name?
There is a story in Acts chapter 3 about a crippled man who begged for alms by the gate of the temple. He was a cripple from birth. When he saw Peter and John approaching he asked for alms. Fortunately for him, Peter didn’t have any money, he had something the man never imagined receiving.
For the longest time, I have focused my attention on the beautiful words spoken by Peter. “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.” The significance for me here was the fact that even though Peter didn’t have what the guy wanted, he had what the guy needed. The world toils everyday in search of their wants, but we have what they need. The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
That is wonderful. Amazingly beautiful. However, armed with that knowledge I have found myself shamefully walking away from blind or crippled beggars. Not because I don’t want to give, but because like Peter, in that particular moment I will be penniless. I won’t even talk of the guilt that follows, thinking about it just made me remember every single time this happened, with vivid detail. Very sad indeed.
Sometimes all you can give is a prayer, smile, a word of encouragement. Don't just walk away. Click To TweetThere is a principle for us to learn from Peter here, love never walks away without making an impact. Sometimes all you can give is a prayer, smile, a word of encouragement. Whatever you do, don’t walk away without leaving a mark. I realized this while listening to a song on repeat over weekend. The lyrics say, “Lord cause me to love like Peter who said to a crippled man rise up and walk.” It’s an old song by Baba Mechanic Manyeruke, one of Zimbabwe’s gospel music veterans. I never got the love part before this weekend.
It was love, that compassionate love of Christ that compelled Peter to work this miracle. Jesus had such a deep and compassionate love for the sick and He went about healing them and those oppressed. We have been sent out into the world with the Gospel, good news. It can only produce the desired results if we let love lead. If we love fiercely. Like Jesus did. Like Peter demonstrated here.
There is absolutely no reason for a child of God to walk away from people seeking help. Click To Tweet
This is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. Luke 7:22
There is absolutely no reason for a child of God to walk away from people seeking help simply because he/she has nothing to offer. We have the best gift. God’s greatest gift to humanity. No! No child of God should ever walk the walk of shame I’ve walked for years, harbouring guilt. We are bigger than that. And this love has already been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost we received from God.
2016 is the year that we must awaken to walk into the fullness of love in Christ. I’m sure by now you can see why I’m always stressing that we must always let the Holy Spirit work through us. He’ll perfect our love-walk.
It’s now time for us to walk in love.
The love of God which sacrificed Christ for us.
The love of Jesus which laid down a blameless life for sinners.
The agape love, that is always ready to feed the Master’s sheep!