I love reading the account of Peter in Acts 3 when he speaks to the lame man saying, “silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Amen! I get such a thrill and sense the Holy Spirit stirring within me. I want – no I long – to speak those words to someone. I long to be walking so close with Jesus that He can whisper into my ear and I reach out, take hold of a lame man’s hand, unlock prison doors, and touch blind eyes. I believe it will happen. When God puts a vision or a passion in our hearts, it can be so easy to become disheartened through what are often very long years of waiting and preparation for the fulfilment of what God has planned. If you are like me, it can be easy to see a select group of others as the ones that God has chosen to do exploits (Daniel 11:32); pastors, evangelists, musicians, those with public platforms. But our eyes are not to be focused on others but on the word of God and the call and passion He has put into each of our hearts, knowing that it is not the individual, or the “ministry”, or the “numbers” but God who is working it all together for His glory. Remember what Peter said: “why does this (healing) surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? (…) It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has completely healed him”. (Acts 3:12,16) The apostle Peter was no different than you, no different than me; but he reached out to take ahold of that for which Christ had taken hold of him. (Phil 3:12) Today we have modern day apostles, the celebrities of the Christian world: Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Steven Furtick, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin and so on. They are reaching out, imploring us to be and do all that Christ has for us. Sometimes I think though that once an individual has reached that level of publicity and renown, although we enjoy receiving their teaching and are ministered to by them, it can be difficult to relate personally because they are operating in a world that seems so different from our very “ordinary” lives. But God never intended for only a select special group of people to do all the exciting work. We are not saved to sit, we are saved to serve. We are the body of Christ and we all need to be functioning members for the body to grow and thrive. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14) Did you read that? Whoever. Whoever believes. Whoever believes in Jesus. Whoever believes in Jesus will do those works and even greater works. We believe God when He says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; let us keep taking Him at His word. Let us keep seeking Him, to know Him more, to hear His voice more, and to receive all He has for us and all He wants to do through us. Let us seek to be one of those who believes and acts.
With this in mind, God put it on my heart to tell the stories of everyday people who have believed God to be able to reach out and do what He has put in their heart to do. These are the stories of everyday people; this is where Jesus lives. You may not see them on television, you may not see their face on the cover of a Christian magazine but God is using them, God is anointing them. They will reach out to take a hold of a lame man’s hand, unlock prison doors, and touch blind eyes. They will believe and they will do great things in the name of Jesus. I pray that these everyday people, living the extraordinary in ordinary lives, will beckon you also to live a life less ordinary, to live the life that God has called you to. Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give to you.
Look for the very first everyday story coming later this month.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 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. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, 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. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 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.
Acts 3:1-16 (emphasis mine)