Acts 3:1-10: “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. Then Peter said, 'Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give 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. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
What started out as a very normal, ordinary day turned into a life changing day for a man crippled from birth. This man was carried each day to beg at the temple gate. He had to count on others to get him to this major traffic point outside of the temple so he could beg. Begging was the only way that this man could earn a living. Begging outside the temple gate was more likely to get a positive response from people than any other place in the city.
Peter and John were also in the midst of a very normal and ordinary day. They were heading to the temple for afternoon prayer, a regular everyday event. Seeing beggars was also a part of everyday life. They probably passed several beggars every time they entered and left the temple. They couldn't give the expected coins, but with God's power, they gave this man the opportunity to earn a living for the first time in his life.
The man's response when he was pulled to his feet and his feet and ankles became strong is amazing. He started to walk and jump and praise God. An ordinary day just turned into an extraordinary day!
Perhaps today you feel like the beggar. Nothing is going your way. You have to count on others for your survival. You are at the mercy of friends or family members. There seems to be no way to move beyond your problems.
Perhaps you feel like Peter and John and everyone is begging for what you have. You have people in your life who are needy and looking to you to fill their needs. You seem to be the only one who is available.
Just as God used an ordinary day and ordinary men in Acts, he wants to provide the unexpected and use each of us to touch others and give them the extraordinary power of His love.