Back to School: Get Enrolled - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Dearest Lord, we need your word and spirit to direct us to your will for our lives.  Amen…

Read: Acts 3:3 (NIV)

“When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.” 

Reflect:

Acts 3 gives us this account of a man, lame from birth, who approached Peter and John requesting financial help.  Peter’s wise response was “silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter saw a bigger picture as he introduced the name of Jesus Christ to the man and instructed him to walk.  As Peter took the man’s hand his ankles were healed and he leaped up, praising God!    

 Normally our prayers are filled with various requests and often we desire to rid ourselves of the very challenges that God uses to build our character and make us more like Jesus. Even Jesus when praying in the Garden of Gethsemane asked that if possible the cup of crucifixion be removed, but then he added “nevertheless not my will but yours be done.”  Luke 22:42 God knew that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”  Hebrews 9:22b, thus Christ’s suffering and death was necessary to purchase our salvation. 

 

Apply:

As the lame man looked to Peter and John for help, we must remember that those around us often desire the same.  We live in a time similar to Peter’s day.  Now days, like then, we can see panhandlers in every area of our city.  They think the answer to all their problem is another couple bucks.  Yes they truly have a need, but like the lame man, the solution is not what they think. 

 As the lame man could only see a short-term fix for his troubles, Peter knew the solution to each problem begins with Jesus.  It’s easy to throw a few dollars their way, but is that the true answer for their need?  True freedom can only come as we seek God.  The enemy wants to distract us from this truth and if he can get us to focus on the needs, wants, or anything but the genuine answer then he wins.   Don’t fall for it.  Jesus is the only solution to mankind’s need.  Redemption in his name allows us to have life in his kingdom. 

 

Closing Prayer:

Dearest Lord, open our eyes to see the hurting around us and open our minds to know that others depend on us to show them the way to Jesus.   Amen…

Terry Schneider