Date: Tuesday, May 28
Scripture: Acts 3:11-26
Verse: When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?” (Acts 3:12)
Over the years I have been stunned to watch what people in the church can do. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading a change for our entire nation combatting racism. Mother Teresa bringing attention to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta and around the globe, as cared for the ill and dying. Bishop Desmond Tutu helping lead South Africa peacefully into the post apartheid era. Churches who have adopted schools and every summer paint rooms and collect supplies preparing for the children’s return in the fall. Other congregations whose passion to combat homelessness led to organizations like the Interfaith Hospitality Network which works to move people from homelessness to financial stability. So many who have given so much to change the world, even if they are only working in their corner of it.
The church is capable of doing things, or better said having Jesus do things through them, which inspire awe and wonder. Peter did it with a miraculous healing. Taking the time to notice one in need, reach out with what he had, and bring healing.
Peter goes on to address the crowd, pointing to the fact he is participating in a new life. He tells those who will listen how Jesus has opened up a new era where God is making everything new. The world and everything in it is being restored by Jesus, the bringer of “perfect health” (verse 16). Jesus’ resurrection, after being painfully crucified, is a foretaste of what is to come – when all who are hurting will be made whole on the day of complete resurrection. What an opportunity we have to participate in what God is doing in the world around us, as we seek to bring healing and wholeness in Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Gracious God, show me where I can participate with you in your ministry of healing for the whole world. Amen.
Action: Be an agent of wholeness for someone today – listen to a problem, make a donation, share your lunch. Find a way to change your corner of the world.
Respond: Where have you seen or heard the church/Christians doing things that inspire awe and wonder? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.