DEVOTION – DAY 66

Acts 3:6-7 “Seeking the right things”

 

Acts 3:6-7 “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

 

The verses record an incident that happened at the Jerusalem temple gate called “Beautiful”.  At this gate sat a lame beggar begging for money. He had been unable to walk since the day he was born. His friends would place this man every day at the same gate to beg for money from the people going into the temple to pray. The beggar saw the apostles Peter and John going up to the gate to enter the temple courtyards. He looked at them and asked for money. Peter looked back at the man and commanded the beggar to look at him and John. The beggar looked at them hoping for a generous gift of money. To his surprise, Peter told him that they did not have any money. Instead, Peter commanded him in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to walk. Peter took him by his right hand and helped him to get up. The beggar found that he could jump to his feet and walk and he immediately went into the temple courtyards praising God.

This passage from Acts 3 teaches us that people may chase after things that do not last. The beggar was begging for money because he thought that money would solve his problems. But whatever money he managed to beg each day did not solve anything because the next day, his friends would still have to carry him to that same temple gate to beg for more money. Money just provided a short-term solution. Peter gave the beggar something far better than what he asked for – the use of his legs. Like the beggar, we too ask God to help us with a small problems like a new job, or better salary. But God wants to give us a new life in Christ that would solve all our real problems, the problem of sin, and separation from Him, our Creator God. God wants to help us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A woman gave a testimony at her baptism. Her husband was an alcoholic who abused her when he became drunk. She thought that if she made enough money, it would resolve her problems. But her husband took her money and all she was left with was a burning anger at her husband. In desperation, she followed some friends to church and she eventually called out to Jesus Christ and received Him as her Lord and Savior. Her anger and her emotional pain were replaced with His love and she felt peace for the first time in a long while.

 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you that only through the Lord Jesus do we find true contentment. Help us to seek things that are eternal and not settle for worldly things that do not last nor satisfy. In the Lord Jesus Christ’ name we pray. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. What is the main focus in your life? Is it to make money and to build your career?
  2. Did money satisfy the deepest longings of your heart? Share your thoughts.
  3. How has Jesus Christ satisfied you when others things have failed?
  4. Will you call out to Jesus to be your Lord and Savior if you have not done so? If you do not know how to do so, call our church.