In prayer last Thursday, Brother Tim shared a passage from Acts 3, verses 1-5.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
I know he reads here from time to time, so I’m going to invite him to please…please…add what God was showing him in this word. It struck my heart as he read from it, especially since it came on the heels of a Tuesday night mentoring from Pastor Sharon that was nothing less than strong meat. Amazing Word of God!
She briefly touched on a ministerial experience she has had, that when she travels to other locations and to congregations not familiar with her as “pastor”, she will feel a great pull on other offices in her life, such as the prophetic and apostolic. It stirred a hunger in us (me) to do the same.
When Tim shared this passage, the words ” Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.” just leaped in my spirit. This is exactly what is required, if we are to draw from her.
The Shepherd feeds the sheep and this in essense was what this man was asking of them. A few coins and perhaps another meal to sustain him. But Peter and John challenged him in that there was something more. When they said, Look on us!, they were saying, look deeper. Look beyond what you know of me.
I’m certain they had passed by him before. Maybe even given to this man before.
But there was MORE. So much more.
As I was meditating on this, yet another perspective began to be cultivated.
God asked me a question. A hard question.
When was the last time you told anyone to look at you with expectancy?
You see, the world measures us by silver and gold.
If we’ll admit it, it’s not just the world. I measure myself by it. I wish I wasn’t stating this in present tense but the question remains and has to be asked….
What if I don’t have the house, the car, the clothes, the job….the money. Then what? Is there anything to offer?
If I were stripped of all of those things, would I still have the confidence that there was something of great worth in me?
Or rather, Someone of great worth that could bring about an even greater result than anything money can buy.