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. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Acts 3:2-8a
I love the boldness in Peter here. He is fully aware in the moment of what God is doing, and he commands the man to walk. He doesn’t tell him he hopes he feels better, or even ask God to heal him someday. He tells the man to walk! He is so in tune with God’s Spirit and what God is wanting to do in that man’s life that he commands the man to walk.
But Peter doesn’t stop there. He could have just walked away at that point, and let God heal the man. That still would have been cool. But he wanted to go further. That man had never walked before. This was all new to him. So Peter reaches out his hand, helps the man to his feet and helps him begin walking in his new healing and freedom.
Often God asks us to speak boldly and to join Him in doing amazing things. God is still healing, still rescuing people from their sin and the junk that entangles their hearts. And so often God invites you and me to join him in bringing messages of healing and freedom to those around us. But there is more we can be a part of. For most people, encountering God is the first step in a long journey. And God is inviting us to help them as they begin walking in freedom and healing.
Take some time today and ask God who he wants you to help “walk” this week. Maybe there is someone you have been sharing Jesus with for a long time. Maybe it is someone you have just begun to have spiritual conversations with. God has promised spiritual healing and freedom to everyone in His name (Isaiah 53). But walking in new life for the first time can be scary and difficult. Would you go beyond being bold in words, and begin being bold in action? Will you reach out this week and begin helping others walk?
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.