"Look at us!"
"Peter looked directly at him (as did John) and said, "Look at us!" Acts 3:4
This story is a powerful testimony to the continued healing power of Jesus through his disciples as Peter heals the lame man at the Gate Beautiful. The classic line, "silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee, In thee name of Jesus of Nazareth, Rise up and walk!" Peter put a demand for action on the part of the lame man. And gave an authoritative command. I don't think he was politely passive, but loudly aggressive. There are a few tells in the script that play into how this went down. One was they were going to a prayer meeting, that certainly didn't hurt. When's the last time you've been to one. Not a gospel meeting or a siminar, but a meeting for prayer only. The early church was prayer conditioned, not air conditioned.
Second, Peter said, "Look at me." Many Christians spend half thier testimony telling people not to look at them. We are constantly defensive that we aren't a good example of Christ. We have literally said, "don't look at us." Even though the scriptures admonish us, "be an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity." I Tim. 4:12. If you want to function at a high level in healing you have to reverse this. If your Christian experience is privately in disarray and your fighting depression on a nightly basis, you are not going to function at a high level of healing. If you secretly wouldn't want what you are experiencing in your Christian walk, for others, then you are not going to function at a high level of healing. Learn the secret of ministering out of fatness not lack, then you will find your self secretly saying, "Look on us!"
God bless, Bro. Rusty.
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