“Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” - Acts 3:6-7
He is identified simply as a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb. That means he was really of no consequence and could have been anybody. No one took cognizance of this man since he was practically useless to everybody. The only thing his friends and relations who identified with him could do for him was carry him to the gate of the temple called Beautiful to beg for alms, and probably carry him back home at the end of the day. Although he could have made do with more assistance, that was all anyone could offer him.
As a child, he must have hoped that things would get better with time. But here he was several years later, still lame and sidelined to begging. From all indications, he must have heard of and possibly seen the Lord Jesus Christ several times in the course of His earthly ministry. When nothing happened to change his fortunes before the Lord was crucified, he must have concluded that it was no use believing that he would ever experience a turnaround.
So, as he was being carried to the same spot where he had always sat to beg this afternoon, he was not particularly expecting the unusual. If the day was good, he would leave the gate Beautiful with a pocketful of coins. Otherwise, he would at least scrape up enough for the day’s meal. Now, is it not amazing how life’s circumstances often constrain us to limit our thinking to only what men can do for us?
The lame man had hardly settled down when Peter and John approached the same gate where he was about to be laid down. It was the hour of prayer and they must have been quite excited to be at the temple. Why not? There had been numerous supernatural occurrences since the Day of Pentecost and they were certain that something new was about to happen. It was therefore no wonder that when the lame man asked them for alms, they immediately saw a lifetime opportunity to launch him into the miraculous.
If Peter’s instruction to the lame man to look at them was misconstrued, the instruction to rise up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth could not. Our text says Peter took him by the right hand, lifted him up and immediately his feet and anklebones received strength.
Now, what is lame in your life? You know you should be leaping and praising God in that aspect of your life, but somehow you have been constrained to one spot. The same anointing on Peter when he made that pronouncement at the gate Beautiful is still available. And I say to you, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” I command your feet and anklebones to receive strength right now, in the name of Jesus. Henceforth, you will leap and praise God in the same place you have been restricted.
Perhaps you do not yet know this God whose power works wonders in people’s lives. You can receive Him into your life right away and be a carrier of the miraculous. If you would like to, please pray this prayer:
Lord, I thank you for giving up your Son that I might have life. Today, I confess I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. I receive the gift of salvation through your Son Jesus Christ and the power to live the victorious Christian life. In Jesus’ name I have prayed. Amen.