The healing of the lame man in Acts chapter 3 is a great story.
One lesson that sometimes gets overlooked is the reaction of Peter and John.
A miracle, which no one could deny, had just been performed. Imagine for a moment how you would react to seeing a friend, lame from birth, instantly healed! A man who never walked a day in his life, was laid daily at the temple begging for alms, is now dancing before you.
The crowd rushed to Peter and John, amazed at what just transpired.
What a moment for Peter and John! A perfect opportunity to launch a new ministry, “Peter and John’s Miracle Tour.” They could write books, fill stadiums, and sellout conferences! Fame and fortune were theirs for the taking.
But that’s not what happened.
Peter, seeing the crowd looking at them said, “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?”
“Why do you stare at us…?”
What a great question? Yet that’s what we do. God performs miracles, and we raise up celebrities.
We need more people like Peter in the Church. People who redirect the attention to the One who performs the miracle, and as John the Baptist said, decrease so that He may increase. (Jn 3:30)
Instead, we make celebrities of the Peter and Johns of our day. All while the world mocks and the Holy Spirit grieves.
Some are saying 2024 is going to be the year many truths come to light. Things done in darkness will be brought into the light. I hope that’s true, and believe it is also something God is going to do in His church. When it happens, don’t be so quick to attribute the fall of these men and women to the work of the enemy, as it is the work of the Holy Spirit to expose the works of darkness (I Co 4:5), and judgment begins in House of God.(1 Peter 4:17)
We need not make celebrities out of Christians, nor Christians out of celebrities.
To whom are your eyes fixed?