He had never walked one step in his life, and in an instant he was skipping and dancing. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Yet it really happened. You can read of the account in Acts 3. It was at the temple where Peter and John stumbled upon the lame man. The moment Peter told him to “rise up in the Jesus” he was on his feet.
“And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat
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begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (Acts 3:9-10)
He didn’t worry about what others might think. He was a new creature and wanted everyone to know it. All the people saw him walking and praising God. What about those in our lives? Do they see us walking? Can they hear us praising?
A new creature in Christ doesn’t make a beeline for closet once given the power to walk. He steps out in faith. After all, a miracle has taken place – one much greater than what the lame man experienced. In Christ we are born again unto eternal life. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.
I once heard of a young fellow who was so ashamed of his girlfriend, he didn’t want to be seen with her. He’d even tell her to duck should they drive past his friends. Some do that with Jesus. Once the BFF’s arrive on the scene, Jesus is told to duck. How sad. This is a divine romance we’ve entered into with our Lord. At least that’s how He sees it. He goes so far as to call us His bride! I hope that doesn’t embarrass you. For those who would tell Jesus to duck, He would say to them:
“Whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew10:33)
If you’re going to deny anybody, deny yourself. Jesus put it this way:
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)
The Bible has much to say on the subject of love. If you ask me, though, the above verse says it all. It describes a love that is unconditionally selfless and sacrificial. Or, as many prefer to call it, agape love. If we can’t deny ourselves it’s because we love self more than Jesus. And that’s pretty lame. One can’t walk in that condition.
I won’t lie; many will think you’ve gone off the deep end or that you’re not cool anymore. That was my fear when I first got saved.
Shortly after coming to Christ, I met a gal who would one day become my wife. We lived in the same apartment building. Christy wasn’t saved at the time and I didn’t want to blow it with her, so I told Jesus to duck.
It was a Wednesday evening when I passed her by the pool on the way to church. She asked where I was going. “To a meeting.” I calmly answered. My cover was quickly blown when she shot back, “What kind of meeting?” The truth finally came out. “A Bible study.” I confessed. And, boy, was I surprised when she asked to join me!
A miracle happened that evening at church. After the message, a gal sat down with Christy and led her to the Lord. (And she’s been walking with Jesus ever since!) For that I’m most grateful. However, I do have one regret. That could have been me that prayed with Christy to receive Christ. But I was too embarrassed. Oh, the opportunities that are missed when we tell Jesus to lay low.
I share this because I don’t want you to miss any opportunities. There are those within your realm of influence that desperately need the Lord. Some may even be ready to meet Him, just as Christy was. Let them see you walking and hear you praising. Don’t be lame. Rise up that others might experience this miracle.
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