Devotional April 11, 2017 - Faith and Action

Joshua 11 | Joshua 12 | Acts 2:42-47 | Acts 3:1-10

Hey everyone! How is the week going so far? I hope all is well.

Quick Update with me, everything is going good. I am getting ready to head out to Missouri this weekend to help an account that we do business with on a show that they are putting together. My flight arrives at 945am on Easter, so I am a bit nervous about not missing service and that day with my kids, but I think I should be ok.

Saige had her shots yesterday and my wife told me that she did amazing. She is almost 13lbs already and you can feel every ounce of it. So far so good with her though. She has been an amazing baby and thank God for her every day.

The twins are doing great. We are getting adjusted with being back home, since we spent the full week at my in-laws house because of our a/c.

I continue on with my bible reading and was really intrigued about the story of Peter, John and the lame man. The full story is found in Acts 3:1-10, if you get a minute please read it.

The bible says that each day a lame man was put beside the Temple gate, so that he could beg people for money. He was lame since birth, so this was part of his identity and going to the gates was part of his routine.

How many people go about each day that believing negatively about themselves or feel like their lives are worthless or amount to nothing?

How many people do we pass each day that are stuck in the same rut and routine every day of their lives and have accepted it?

You will be surprised. Check out these statistics about depression.

  • Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun; 62(6): 617-27)
  • Depression is the cause of over two-thirds of the 30,000 reported suicides in the U.S. each year. (White House Conference on Mental Health, 1999)

It is crazy to hear these statistics, but it is real. I can imagine this lame man in the same situation. Feeling stuck for so long that he has accepted his ways.

But here comes Peter and John. This lame man goes about his normal routine, but this time he asks the right people.

The way that Peter and John respond to this man’s request is amazing and the level of faith that they exemplified is something that I desire.

Peter tells the man, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, Or Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Get up and walk!”

My point with all of this today is this, how many of us are becoming examples of Christ wherever we go?

When Christ says to follow him, he just does not mean on Sunday, but he means on Monday when you arrive first thing to work. He means on Wednesday when you are in the gas station putting gas in the car. He means on Saturday when you are in the grocery store.

God wants us to be blessings to others at any given time or day.

Imagine Peter and John telling the lame man, “Man it is unfortunate what you are going through. We will keep you in prayer and hope that God bring healing to you”

How many of us would take that same approach? I will admit that I probably would.  

I read this scripture and I told myself, “That is the kind of faith that I want”. But not only that faith, but the faith to lead.

The bible says, “He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

Peter and John not only displayed a level faith, but they led by action by leading the man to the Temple of God. The lame man not only needed external healing, but he needed internal healing as well.

It is not only enough for people to get their needs met, because as much as that is needed, that will not sustain them for long and they will eventually be fall away again. People need change of the heart. That type of change lasts.

 

Let’s lead by faith and action.