Jesus, help me to look at and really see others, and help others to see You in me.
Read ACTS 3:1–10
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.
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ReflectHow do you respond to beggars: toss them a few coins? Or discreetly look the other way? What would Jesus do?
On the way to Temple prayers (1), Peter and John met a beggar sitting as usual at the Beautiful Gate (2). If you were maimed, unclean or female you couldn’t go any farther. When the beggar asked for money (3), there were no embarrassed looks from Peter. He just called out, “Look at us!” (Try that some time when you’re asked for money!) Unsurprisingly, the man was all eyes (5).
Hearing Peter say that they had no money (6) must have been a let-down, yet the man couldn’t have been more wrong. Perhaps he’d always wished that Jesus would heal him—we don’t know. But he was about to find out that Jesus’ work continued through his followers.
Pointing the man to Jesus (6), Peter told him to walk. With a doctor’s eye for detail, Luke says that his feet and ankles became strong and he leapt to his feet before walking, jumping and praising his way into the Temple (8). He had his life back; he had rejoined mainstream society.
How can you serve those around you in the name of Jesus today?
Lord Jesus, thank You that You are still at work through Your people. Show me today what You want to do through me.