16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
Michael spoke last week about this chapter, with particular focus on the miracle. I would encourage you to go back and listen to that podcast if you want to explore what it looks like to experience the miraculous in your life. However, today I want to explore how we react when we experience success in our lives.
Peter walks into the temple with a man walking beside him who has been a paralytic for 40 years! The people who see this are rightly amazed, in awe and wonder, at the miracle that has taken place. However, Peter does not take any of the glory, he does not even take credit for the faith that he exercised, the faith that comes through him. He points on lookers to Jesus, in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.
As Christians, there is a notion that we live with excellence (Colossians 3:23).
This chapter makes me look at times in my life where I have achieved with excellence and been recognised by others. It may be as simple as achieving a personal goal, work goal, etc. Although I know that God has given me the gifts I have to work with, I have often taken the credit for my success.
My brother got a new job last year and within a short period became the top employee in terms of sales. Other staff members asked him “what is your secret”. He simply replied, “to be honest, I believe in God and that he has helped me to achieve this”.
This is not something I do well; today’s chapter has really challenged me to do this better in my life. Whether it is a miracle or success in our person lives, we be using every opportunity we have to point people to God.
It is so important we read the bible. I often read chapters that show how broken I am, but at the same time I have hope that even on days like today I am learning how to point people to God more throughout my life.
God, thank you for your word that challenges me on how I am living for you. Thank you for the gifts you have given me and help me to use them to glorify you.