Acts 3:9-10 “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.”
Often, we marvel at things done through the hands of man and are ignorant of the very One who deserves the credit.
Science and medicine have advanced greatly in this generation. We now have cured many diseases, have surgical procedures in place that were unheard of 20-30 years ago. We can take images of every inch of our body that look as if we could reach out and pluck them off the page.
We have robotics that are so minimally invasive that before took great risk of the one being operated. We have micro-miniature cables that can enter a vein and remove a clot that was life threatening without so much as a thumbnail sized incision.
We might step back and say; “Look at what that man or woman invented; they’re a genius!” when the idea and path to making that idea become a reality came from God. The advancement of science; the discoveries that lead to helping and sometimes curing diseases that once claimed many lives and so much more should be properly attributed to the One who truly deserves all the credit.
Peter and John came upon this lame man and spoke the words the Holy Spirit desired them to speak and he was miraculously healed.
Acts 3:8 “And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”
Hard not to notice in place known for prayer.
What of today? Where is that one who is healed, walking and leaping and praising God?
Look a bit closer to home… You and I who name the name of Jesus Christ; you and I who claim to be saved, surrendered children of the One True Living God – we have been healed of the awful disease of sin.
No longer do we face the payment, punishment, penalty or for our sin. Jesus took that for us on the cross. We have been adopted into royalty – I am a child of the King of Kings. I have the promise, protection, provision and power of my Heavenly Father. I am seen as being righteous, holy and deserving of a place in Heaven.
I was deserving of every bit of punishment and payment of my sin. Yet, Jesus Christ stepped in and took it all upon Himself so I would not have to go to Hell forever to pay for my sins. He was my substitute; my propitiation. He took all my sin and in turn, He gave me His righteousness; His holiness and the promise that I am secure in the belief of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
If we are all that and more; if we are transformed on the inside, then, do those around me see that I have been healed? Has the way I talk, where I walk and with whom I associate changed?
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Have we pulled over and parked on this road of life; satisfied with where we are at, who we are and what we are doing? Is God?
I firmly believe that if my life’s work here on this earth were completed, I would already be in Heaven. So, as long as I draw breath, I still have more to do, places to go, and people to see.
There are still so very many truth’s in God’s Word that are revealed to me in new and fascinating ways! He places me in the path of those who need me or that I may need them. I am constantly learning and growing.
But that perspective comes from a desire to not be apathetic or mediocre. I embrace my God and His marvelous and wonderful ways in me and through me that I want to see what He will do today.
It’s living expectantly. It is living with the hope that there is someone God wants me to meet; someone God wants me to help and always be open and teachable to what others may say to me.
So… ask yourself – “What’s new with you?”