God Gets the Glory

God Gets the GloryI love the story of the healing of the lame beggar in the third chapter of the book of Acts. Each day he was carried to the temple gate to beg. Then, one day, he encountered Peter and John. They didn’t have any money to give him, but they gave him something better. Peter took the man by the hand, pulled him to his feet, and the man was totally and completely healed.

Interestingly, there seems to have been no hesitation on Peter’s part at all. It was an immediate response. Peter clearly had no doubt that the guy was going to be healed.

In light of that, wouldn’t it have been easy for John and Peter to begin to think they were really something special? After all, not just anyone could do such a miraculous sign. They had been personally chosen by Jesus, and now they had the ability to offer healing to those who were physically infirm. That’s got the potential of being pretty heady stuff, right?

When the people there saw that the man who had been lame was healed, they were amazed and shocked. It would have been easy – and, perhaps, even natural – for Peter and John to accept the accolades for what they had done.

But they didn’t.

Instead they responded simply, “Why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?” (Acts 3:12).

In essence, they’re saying, It’s not because we’re special. God worked through us to cause this miracle.

I love that humble attitude. All the honor and glory belong to God. I want more of that attitude in my life.

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