On Sunday (Oct 20th)Pastor Isaac Ollennu preached about beauty – “Beautiful Indeed” (Acts 3:1-10, the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate)
Gates usually serve the purpose of protection, not of beauty (=aesthetically pleasing). What makes this temple gate special is that its expected benefit depended on specific and accurate timing (prayer time). The lame man had to discipline himself to be on time in order to beg for money, whereas others probably snug in through side doors when they were late.
God wants us to have the same sense of urgency as the lame man had when it is about reaching out to others. Time is of the essence. We need to step out, e.g. at our workplaces, and even when loved ones desert us because of what we do and who we are. Such sacrifice is not for any bad reason but for people to get saved.
Opportunities will always present themselves to us but often we don’t take them, e.g. because of shyness. We don’t need to be theologians to speak the Word of God to others (Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful…” in this context means “How timely”).
Good news travels the fastest. So why should we not pass on the Gospel as fast as possible? Romans 8:19 says, “The creation waits in eager expectation (with excitement) for the time of the children of God to be revealed.” Christians are resisting to reveal God. If you are a child of God you need to speak out because very soon, you may no longer be able to do so.
Jesus’ name is powerful, and it is with us. Why are we not using it and walk in its authority? Be the testimony God wants you to be. Peter spoke to the lame man (vs. 6) but he needed more than just words, that is, a helping hand to get up (vs. 7). So Peter stretched out to him.
You don’t need anything special you don’t have (“What I have I give to you”, vs. 6)
People are dying every second, the time is ticking. Have you shared your faith with someone? (Ephesians 5:15-17). Christians assuming their place in time makes them beautiful.
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