Let’s Not Forget About the Power of the Holy Spirit
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.
Peter and John approach the temple and notice a beggar at the entrance. This man had a disability and was a regular who based his survival by asking for money on a daily basis. As the beggar ask Peter and John for money, their response is surprising. Though they were not beggars, they were ministers of the Lord and carried very few items with them. They claim that they possessed no riches to offer to the beggar, but they did remember that they were empowered by the power of the Holy Spirit. They end up offering something even better than money: the restoration of the beggar’s physical, emotions, and spiritual status by bringing him up to his feet and strengthening him.
It’s in our culture driven by consumerism, it’s easy to place our focus on what we think might bring others to God as a church.. whether it’s the latest, hippest worship songs, impressive lighting and staging effects, mind-blowing videos and media, and even the most tasty foods to lure and encourage people to hang out and commune with one another. Thought those are all good things within themselves, the early church had not relied on any of those things to make the name of Jesus famous. Peter and John exemplify the heart of God’s love at its finest.. taking only what they had (they were untrained, uneducated men probably with limited talents, gifts, and abilities) and relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to bring full healing and restoration of this beggar on all levels. What would our church look like if every member wholeheartedly went beyond themselves and with the overflow of the Holy Spirit extended their hand out for the sake of the one? I would envision a world changing church.. Jesus poured into his 12 disciples which was more than enough to rock the entire world and begin the proclamation of the Good News to the ends of the earth. Let’s not forget about the power of the name of Jesus and refocus where we put our time, energy, and especially our hearts.
Thank you Lord for bringing us back to the early church.. and reminding me of how simple it is to make an impact. Your spirit is empowering, and it’s by Your will and not mine that greater things can take place when I call and rely upon Your name and power.. and not my own!