Shift Your Perspective
Day: 4 | Plan: Acts
Today's Reading: Acts 3
Acts 3:4 (NIV) “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’”
Today we encounter Peter and John on their way to the temple to pray. While pressing through the crowds, they encounter a beggar, a man who had been “lame from birth” (Acts 3:2).
When the man asked them for money, rather than give him what he asked, they looked him straight in the eye, and Peter followed immediately with these words, “Look at us!” The word “look” is blepo in Greek and means “to observe, discern, perceive, frequently implying special contemplation.” Peter demanded the lame man’s full attention to shift his focus … his perspective … from his immediate needs. To move this beggar beyond the visible and ordinary to the invisible and extraordinary.
When I first read the story, “Look at us” seemed only like three simple words. However, at Peter’s command, God was about to shift this man’s perspective and change his life.
I discovered other places in the Bible where God had interrupted someone’s life to shift their perspective: Hagar in the wilderness to see a well of water (Genesis 21:19); Balaam to see the angel of the Lord (Numbers 22:31); Elisha’s servant so he could see the chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:17) It was only by God shifting their focus from the earthly to the heavenly, the natural to the supernatural, from despair to hope, fear to trust, that they experienced the extraordinary hand of God at work in their midst.
Once the beggar locked eyes on Peter and John, he received the gift they had for him. But it wasn’t money. It was far better than silver or gold. By the power and authority given to them by Jesus, they healed this man’s limbs.
This beggar. Lame from birth. Instantly. Completely. Healed.
In that moment, “He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God” (Acts 3:8).
Sometimes thoughts of despair, hopelessness, anger, unforgiveness, and self-pity consume us. Sometimes the entanglements of this world interrupt, even hinder, God’s ability to work in our lives. We too must make an intentional choice to shift our perspective. A choice to …
Fix our eyes on Jesus.
It’s in this place that God will provide in ways more marvelous than we could ever ask or imagine. Like the beggar, we too will experience God’s life-transforming miracles. We will move from the earthly to the heavenly, beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Prayer: Father, I want to experience You as the miracle-working God You are. The Bible teaches You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. I invite You to do a work in my life today. Take my eyes off myself, my circumstances, my trials, my ailments. Fix my eyes on Jesus. The author and perfecter of my faith. The One who heals, redeems, and restores. I ask You to do a life-transforming work in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Acts 3:6-7and Acts 3:16. How was this beggar healed?
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