Thursday, May 2, 2013

Those Who Profess to be the Messengers of God...

And he [lame man] gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath gloried His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you, and killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.  And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.  Acts, Chapter 3, verses 5-16.

In healing the lame man, Peter didn’t take credit for the miracle but made sure that the people focused on this miracle coming from faith in Jesus, not through Peter’s efforts.  When I watch religious shows on TV, I’m appalled at the way some of them focus more on the religious leaders who get paid, than they do on Jesus Christ.  Peter didn’t say “I” healed the lame man through Jesus.  “I” am able to do this miracle through Jesus’ power.  “I” need you to send me money so that “I” can continue these miracles.  Peter gave the total credit to Jesus, no “I’s” or “Me’s”.
Sometimes, I get concerned about those who profess to be the messengers of God, but publicly draw attention to themselves.  If Jesus and His apostles didn’t draw attention to themselves for the miracles they did and didn’t ask people for money, do you think Jesus would approve of those on TV who do?  It’s just something that seems noteworthy as you watch different religious shows that do this.  You need to be able to discern the Will of God.  Trust your instincts.  He will guide you through these.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

How would you share your faith with someone who feels prejudice from others?

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 

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