April 9, 2018

Acts 3:12-14…“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?’” vs. 12

Healing was an important part of Jesus’ ministry and it’s not surprising that the disciples, too, became known as healers. They did not hesitate to lay on hands and ask that people be healed of their infirmities. And when people were cured, they quite naturally believed that the disciples had been the agents of that cure. It would have been easy for Peter to set up a healing ministry with himself as the center of attention–that sort of thing happens regularly in our world. But Peter doesn’t want any part of that…he understands that all the power has come from God…the disciples were simply the instruments through whom God acted. Peter understands that his own power and piety are limited and all the glory should go to Jesus. In his humility, he avoids the slippery slope that affects so many Christians–we love attention and like it when people offer us thanks and praise. True followers of Jesus become skilled at diverting attention from themselves and focusing on the One who is the source of light and life. We can be skeptical of athletes who give the glory to Jesus in their post-game interviews, but we have to admit they are on the right track. Jesus may not care about no-hitters or Super bowl wins, but he is our strength and guide.

Thought for the Day: What assistance does God give golfers?