And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
What had happened here? Something amazing was going on down at the temple. A lame man was leaping, so the curious had gathered. Wasn’t there a man before who did amazing things at the temple? Didn’t others who had never walked go rejoicing on their way? Didn’t blind men go away seeing? Didn’t even a dead man come forth from the grave alive? Beyond the humdrum of an ordinary day, a miracle in their midst brought the crowd running.
The power of God displayed always piques our interest, draws the curious. And the love of God holds open that door of wonder so that His power can enter our lives, work in our hearts, move us, change us, do something different and out of the ordinary. The amazing works of God that draw such wonder from us are often the kinds of things that soften hard hearts and enlighten darkened minds, preparing them to receive His truth.
This was not just another day at the temple for any who met together that day—Peter and John, the lame man, or the multitude. Peter would boldly preach Christ and His Gospel of forgiveness and peace, redemption for Israel. The lame man would lose that as his title and go home physically and spiritually whole. And a crowd of curious onlookers drawn by a miracle would hear the truth and experience the power of God in their own lives.
It’s amazing what can happen when we are willing to go out and share Jesus with the world around us. And when we allow Him to work through us and the crowds come running to see what is happening, we can be used to impact lives by sharing the truth of God. We may not be able to perform a miracle like Peter and John did, but there are many small things we can do that people will notice which can then give us an opportunity to share the Gospel.
As Christians, we’re called to live differently than the world around us. And sometimes just one thing that’s different from the norm can open a door to someone’s heart. Peter and John stopped to help one man and ended up impacting thousands. So let’s go about our days with our eyes open for opportunities to minister however we can, and then let’s not be surprised when God multiplies our impact.