Are you familiar with the song, “I’m Just a Nobody” by the Williams Brothers? The chorus says, “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody.”
The same conviction found in these lyrics was the same conviction held by the disciples. In chapter 3 of the book of Acts, John and Peter were on their way to the temple when they passed by a lame man. He isn’t given a name in Scripture, and is only defined by his problem. Acts 3:2 (NKJV) describes him as, “…a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple.”
John and Peter could have easily kept walking when they passed the man…similar to what many people do when they either don’t want to be bothered or they’re too distracted by their own thoughts to pay attention to what’s happening around them. Instead, they stopped and spoke with him.
“So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” — Acts 3:5-8 (NKJV)
There are several key things to recognize in this story about the power of relationships:
1. Peter and John didn’t know this man at all.
2. The lame man was considered a “nobody.”
3. Peter and John listened to the lame man.
4. Peter and John helped the lame man in his time of need.
5. Peter used his God-given authority in the name of Jesus.
6. Peter made a significant impact on the lame man’s life.
7. The three men then went into the temple together.
This brief, unexpected moment in time made all the difference in the lame man’s life. He had sat at that same temple many times before, asking for alms, but his encounter with John and Peter changed everything. They were on a mission to tell everybody about Christ’s ability to save any and everybody. Peter trusted and believed in the righteousness of Jesus so much that without hesitation, he called upon the Lord to heal this man. The lame man may have been a “nobody” to the people who passed him by, but he was a somebody to Peter and John, and he was a somebody in the eyes of the Lord!
God wants to do amazing things to us and through us, but in order for them to happen, we have to look past ourselves and start paying attention to the people around us. As God’s people, we have to take others by the hand and pick them up.
You and I may be the only Jesus that someone will see, so if we don’t throw out the lifeline, who will? When we’re “All In” with our relationships, we have tremendous ability to make a positive impact in the lives of those we encounter.
Living in His Grace and Peace,
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