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Looking in the wrong direction?

In the early days of their ministry, following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven, the Apostles Peter and John were walking up the hill to the temple in Jerusalem when they see the crippled beggar in his usual spot. The man called out to the two apostles asking them for money.

Wealth and comfort were the gods of the first century and they’re the gods of our time. Not a lot has changed.

Are you sat outside the temple, looking in the wrong direction? Calling out, asking for the wrong things, and searching in the wrong direction? We think financial increase and security will save us. It might do some help for a little while.

This man had been crippled his entire life. He was placed in a prime spot, outside the temple courts, where the wealthy passed him by, and he’d be in a good spot to be seen. Peter and John were heading in the same direction. Notice the man wasn’t asking to be cured. Medicine was primitive, and modern surgery wasn’t available like it is to us today.

“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” To walk, the man must have trusted. He must have put his faith in the words that the Apostles spoke to him. What a witness of boldness, and expectation. Walk he did, and a lot of jumping and praising God.

This demonstration of Christian witness is quite different to what many of us believe and do today. Here’s the lesson. Say: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk”. Sometimes we overcomplicate things. There’s power in the name of Jesus. It was not the apostles clever words, example, argument or presentation that convinced the man. He wasn’t even asking. Yet, trusting the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth he walked and praised God. The man wasn’t looking in the right direction, but when he turned, believed and trusted everything changed.

What have you put your trust in? Where do you look to for your security? Have you wholly put your trust in the name of Jesus?

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