It really was just another day at the office. Peter and John had been watching Jesus heal the sick, raise the dead, feed the hungry, and cast out demons for years. Now, they were called to carry on the mission of spreading the Good news of restoration to the world. So, it was not a great surprise for these two to see a lame man and decide to heal him. There they stood in front of this man, and all they had to offer him was restoration.
While it was not a big deal to them, it was a game changer to the people at the temple. Sure, Jesus had been healing the sick, but He died, right? So now others were doing the same miraculous things, was that possible? Jesus told the apostles that after he left, he would send the Holy spirit to help them to do even greater things than He had done. Could this be the start? Absolutely.
Jesus had now empowered His disciples to carry on the mission. In Matthew 28, He gave them their charge, “Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to do all I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always–Even to the end of the Age!” Matthew 28:19-20 These men were simply doing what they had been commissioned to do. Go and make disciples.
More than 2000 years later we are similarly commissioned. Like Peter and John, we are called to make disciples of all nations. We have His spirit to lead and guide us. We simply must trust God and allow His spirit to be the guide He was sent to be. That happens when we are invested in prayer and spending time daily in His word. If we will simply trust God, like these men, we too will be given opportunities to be amazing. The greatest part is that when that happens; it will be our Lord that receives the glory!
God Bless You
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.[a]2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement