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This passage in Acts is the first miracle performed by the apostles after Pentecost. Jesus had promised his followers they would receive power from on high and the question waiting to be answered is what would they do with the power? Would they use the power for their own personal benefit or confine the witness of the power to their group alone? Or would they use the power to make a difference in the lives of others in the name of Jesus Christ?
The church is always confronted with how it would use the power that God has given us. For the church is never without power. It may not be all the power that the church wants, it may not be the kind of power the church wants, but the church always has power. What the apostle shows us is that the power of the church works best when it is used to meet human needs, particularly when those needs cannot be met anywhere else or when those needs have to settled for something less than the real need.
The current pandemic has brought the church an opportunity to meet needs. Those needs may be meals, may be a place to come get tested, may be a call or card to someone living under quarantine or may be a financial gift to help someone out of work. Peter and John did not cure everyone who was sick and neither did Jesus. But the healing they did do spoke to what was possible and there was something that could be done to meet human needs if we are willing to use the power God has given us.
The lame man that had spent his life begging outside the temple had his life changed because he was not ignored and found out God has more in store for us than simply surviving off the sympathy of others. God wants to use others to change our lives forever through the power He has given them to make a difference.
Let’s decide to be difference makers in the pandemic because we have the power, the power that God has given us to be light, hope and help in his name for his glory.
Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 8:16 PM EDT