Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Healing beyond Gold and Silver
Acts 3:1-10
Philip John

Carmel MTC, Boston,MA
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,[a] stand up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.

While a lot has been said from Peter's Perspective about "healing in the name of Christ" and spreading the word of God in word and deed, let’s take a look at this passage from the beggar's perspective.

 
In this passage we see a typical scenario where a physically challenged man probably unable to find a sustainable employment resorts to begging and seeking alms from people coming to the temple of God. Expecting some money, the beggar asks Peter and John to spare some change.

Peter may have had money in his pockets to spare and provide a temporary solution to the beggar’s problem. Instead, he looks at his overall issues and provides him with an everlasting and permanent solution to his problems - in the name of Christ! He heals the man and makes him capable of walking.

In today’s world, all that we know and learn as human beings is to be self-sufficient, self-confident and try to solve our own problems. While this is a good trait to develop, we often find ourselves clueless and more helpless than ever before. Have we taken it so far that we believe in no one - but ourselves? On the materialistic side - do we seek wealth and money as answers to all our problems?
 
One must never start relying on man made science and materialistic comfort as the ultimate deliverance. Wealth and materialistic pleasure that we seek can at best suffice for the short term and temporary needs.

PRAYER

Our heavenly father- grant us the strength to understand the true meaning of "Thy will be done - On earth as it is heaven". While we see our wants, we know that you see our needs and provides for us. Grant us the patience and strength to be able to rely on you and leave all our troubles in Your mighty hands.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
“Those who leave everything in God’s hands, will eventually see God's hand in everything”. Author unknown