Acts 3:1 -11
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
A Beggar – Nameless, Broken, Hurt.
Everyday this man was carried to the temple gate to get what he could; to get what he or others thought he deserved. In His mind he had been given a blow in life, a unique and terrible pain that made him different from everyone else – an outcast. His future looked bleak, he was damaged and only good for one thing and that was to daily sit at the gate and beg for alms from anyone who would have pity on him.
I wonder if there was a place in the beggars heart that longed for more? Did he dream of walking and jumping like others? Did he belive that this could happen? Did he pray daily that someone would have more than pity on him and show true compassion?
Did he ache with anticipation of what could be?
If he did, he did not express it out loud, instead, the same as he always did, when Peter and John passed by he simply asked them for what he thought he could get or what he thought he deserved.
Peter and John DID NOT give him what he asked for! This was no ordinary day. As the beggar sat at the gate called BEAUTIFUL he was given more than a few alms, He was given something much more extravagant.He was given beauty in Body and Spirit for it says he went WALKING, LEAPING AND PRAISING GOD!!
And ALL who heard were filled with wonder and amazement.
And that miracle opened the door for Peter to share the good news!
What about you and me?
Have we asked for the impossible? Have I asked for MORE in my own life or do I simply ask for what I think God can give me or what I deserve? Do you sit at the gate called Beautiful feeling broken, used, weak, perhaps an outcast or alone … too scared to hope there is more but dying to know if there is? What are we asking God for?
When it comes to my own healing as a woman I want more! I want to be able to STAND to walk, leap and praise God so that MANY will SEE what God has done at the Gate called BEAUTIFUL.
It is there for you too!!
“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)
At the gate called BEAUTIFUL!