Rev. Samuel Parsons // Acts 3:1-4:19
Acts 3:1-4:19 tells a story about Peter and John on their way to church. As they go Peter and John run into a beggar who was crippled. John and Peter begin to minister to the crippled man by healing him in the name of Jesus. People in the community took notice of this beggars healing and a crowd began to form around Peter, which Peter capitalizes on by preaching the gospel.
When peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. …. V.16 It is 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 given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. V.19 Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” – Acts 3:17-19
Have you ever had a similar experience like Peter and John that day? You thought you were just going to the grocery store but God had other plans. The next thing you know your sharing the gospel with the person loading groceries in your car.
I am a man of routines. I have a routine for everything, when I wake up… go to bed… arrive to work… Well if you learn anything from Peter and John the Spirit has a reputation of drawing us out of our routines. Like Peter and John the Spirit calls us often to step out of our routines to have a conversation with an unbeliever, coworker, friend, spouse, beggar. When’s the last you saw someone dealing with a physical ailment on the street and you just walked up and asked if you could prayer for healing like Peter and John. The Spirit led life is one lived with its head up off the phone… it looks around and senses where the Spirit might be leading and moving.
I challenge you to live today looking up and seeing where God might be calling you to minister.