“Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk”. Acts 3:6 (read also Acts 3:1-16)
One of the most basic needs of man is his desire for attention. As babies, we mastered the technique of getting our parents attention. As we grow old, this need becomes stronger and it expresses itself in terms of what clothes to wear (brand conscious), how we style our hair, what gadgets we own, what cars we drive, etc. The danger is that when it gets out of control it can disorient a person and could potentially damage a person’s life.
It is a well-known fact among celebrities that fame is as powerful as any drug and can cause addiction.
In the passage that we read and its succeeding verses, the apostles Peter and John had their first chance to become instant celebrities by healing the man who was a cripple since birth. They had their chance to become rock stars! When the crippled man begs them for a spare change, they gave him something more than he could ever imagine; something spectacular that even those who saw what happened were utterly amazed!
You see, when God wants to bless us, He doesn’t stereo-type the blessings. Most of the time He does it in such an incredible fashion and aplomb that we would end up shaking our heads and blinking our eyes in disbelief. Have you experienced this in your Christian life?
The crippled man stood up then leaped for joy! And the crowd went wild with excitement! Peter and John could have started signing autographs that very moment. But they did not. To their credit, they would take none of the credit. They just point their two thumb fingers behind them, signifying that somebody else deserves the praise and the attention. When the crowd looked past behind them, only then they saw who was the real celebrity, the One who made it all possible: Jesus Christ.