Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
What does the future hold for our spiritual lives, and for the life of our church? I find great hope in the story of the early church, as told in chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the New Testament book of The Acts of the Apostles. Good things were happening, people were sharing, the church was growing, and “many miracles and wonders were being done.”
One of the miracles was the healing of a lame man at the “beautiful gate” entrance to the Temple. That was when Peter said to a beggar who asked for help, “silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give to thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3;6, kjv)) That event is important for many reasons, but especially because it led to a hearing before the High Priest and other leaders in the courts, who asked of Peter, “How did you do this?”
When Peter explained, the Council was amazed, because Peter and John were “ordinary men of no education . . . but that they had been companions of Jesus.”
Many people excuse their lack of spiritual involvement in faith because they consider themselves ordinary, or uninformed. The season of Lent is an opportunity for those who want to grow in understanding and service, to accept a daily discipline of study and prayer, and to find a way to help someone. As Peter said, “silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give to thee.”
Prayer: Thank you, God, that you made me who I am. I ask that you will empower me through my focus on you during Lent, to discover your will for me, and to respond to the opportunities you give me to be your companion. AMEN.
Reverend Dr. Regi Thackston
Trinity UMC Pastor Emeritus