On Sunday, Pastor Jeremy Johnson continued our series “Church of Power” by showing us that our purpose lays just as much in the journey as it does in the destination. This was proved to be true for Peter and John when they approached the lame man at the Temple gate called Beautiful:
Acts 3:1-12 says,
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: 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. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?”
Notice that it was the miracle of the lame man that gave Peter the authority behind his message that day. Many people looked to Peter and John and assumed the power came from them, but Peter used this opportunity to set their eyes on the true source of power, which is Jesus! This guy had been lame for 38 years and hung out at the gate of the temple. People most likely had to step over him to get to church. How many times do we step over our purpose for the day by being too focused on our destination? And why did it take 38 years for the lame man to walk? Jesus must’ve walked by him. He was alive during this 38-year time frame. Why didn’t He just heal him earlier? Perhaps God was preparing him for this very moment. A lot of the time unanswered prayers are not actually unanswered; they are just building blocks toward the breakthrough.
Many times we can feel like we have to get to a certain point in our lives before we achieve our destiny. We think, “Once I get there, I’ll achieve my purpose,” when really we’ve been achieving it the whole time. Pastor Jeremy told a story about this cracked pot that an Indian man filled with water everyday. The pot could not contain the water it was originally designed to contain, but the owner of the pot decided to plant seeds along the path from the river to the destination so that the cracked pot could water the seeds. So even with a crack,the pot still had purpose. We are cracked pots. We have things in our lives that we think are disqualifying us from our destiny, when really, those are the things that are empowering us to accomplish it. That lame man was chosen to be the breakthrough Peter and John needed that day. Who knew the unseen man would be talked about for the rest of time? He was and still is a representation of God’s power. Why? Because Peter and John stepped out in faith and believed God’s power would be displayed. How often do we miss moments where God’s power can be seen because we are too afraid to step out? Be encouraged today to ask God to give you the eyes to see the opportunities set before you today and the courage to step out in the power He’s given you to display.