Brave New World Day 8

Read Acts 3:1-5 - Now Peter and John were ogoing up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.  And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”  And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.

     Here in Acts Three, we encounter a man who has been lame since birth. His daily ritual was to have someone lay him at the gate of the Temple and beg for money. Today would be a completely different day in that man’s life. On this day, suddenly he would encounter the power of Jesus. As Peter and John arrived at the gate, he asked them for money. Rather than give him what he had asked them for, Peter said three simple but powerful words, “Look at us.” The word here for ‘look’ in Greek is blepo, which means “to observe, perceive, frequently implying special contemplation.” Peter asked the lame man for his full attention in order to shift his focus from his immediate needs to a shift in perspective, a shift beyond the visible and ordinary to the invisible and the extraordinary.

     God will often interrupt our lives in order to give us a shift in perspective. Sometimes thoughts of despair, hopelessness, bitterness, unforgiveness and self-pity consume our thoughts. These things and others just like them will hinder God’s ability to work in our lives. Just like the lame man, we also have to make an intentional choice to shift our perspective. We have to look past what is happening in the natural in order to believe what God’s word says about what He is doing in the supernatural. We have to stop our thoughts and fix our eyes on Jesus. That is the way that we will, like the beggar, experience the life changing power of Jesus. 

From what does God need to shift your focus so that you can receive His gift and move from the ordinary to the extraordinary?

What are three things you could specifically do in order to make this shift?