The Grace of Christ (Continued)

Peter and John understood this way of doing things in ministry very well. At the temple gate called Beautiful, Peter and John healed a lame man, but they had to explain themselves out of the situation because it would have forced them to take all the glory for the miracle that happened. In Acts 3: 11-12 the Bible says, ”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. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk” (KJV). Peter was showing the people that Jesus Christ is the one who made this possible. He wanted people to focus on Jesus Christ.

Peter was pointing to Jesus Christ after what happened because every miracle must testify of God’s Son who died and rose from the dead.  Jesus Christ, the one who opened blind eyes, deaf ears and cleansed lepers, cast out demons and raised the dead is still alive today! Now, any miracle is possible because of what Jesus Christ has done. The power of God works through earthen vessels and it is God’s power. It is not our own holiness or power that open the door to the impossible. It is his grace that does that and he still says that his grace is sufficient for us.

When you are tempted to thinking that you are somebody, remember that it is his grace. Peter and John were faced with the temptation, but they were smart enough to expose the possibility of falling into the trap of self exaltation. Self elevation is just a temporary feeling that fades away in time. Exalt the Lord for he is God forever. There is no room for showmanship in ministry. The Bible in Acts 3:12 says, “And when Peter saw it…” Watch out for the responses that try to put you on a pedestal. Peter saw it and did something about it.

When Paul and Barnabas were preaching the gospel on the mission field, they healed an impotent man and that causes a reaction among those who saw what happened. In Acts 14:11-12 the Bible says, “And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker” (KJV). Just like Peter saw it, Paul and Barnabas also saw it and had to explain things to the people.

Watch what Paul and Barnabas did in response to what the people were doing after the miracle happened. In Acts 14:14-15 the Bible says, “Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (KJV). Paul and Barnabas knew that they were also men with passions like any one of the men with whom they shared the gospel. They knew deep down in their hearts that God does not share his glory with anyone that is why they reacted to what the people were doing. When you are presented with this kind of a situation, how would you react?