Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Unlearned and Ignorant

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

The power of God is an incredible and life-changing site to behold.  Have you ever been "freed" from something that had been bothering you for a long time?  Has God ever come through for you in ministry? Did you give God the credit for your transformation?

In Acts 3, we see a lame man healed by Peter and John...or rather by the Holy Spirit that was in Peter and John.  This lame man, lame from birth, had apparently been begging every day at the temple for quite some time.  Imagine his good fortune to be found by Peter and John soon after the day of Pentecost! They were definitely feeling the power of God.  Look at how the lame beggar reacted:

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God: And all the people saw him walking and praising God:  (Acts 3:8-9)

All of the people who saw him knew that he was the lame beggar at the temple and were amazed at what happened to him.   Apparently, they were giving credit for the healing to Peter and John or Peter wouldn't have reprimanded them by saying

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? (Acts 3:12)

Peter made sure that those people knew that God was the one who empowered he and John to heal the beggar.  I'm proud of Peter.  He sure has come a long way since the "Feed my sheep" conversation with Jesus!  And wasn't Peter the one who denied Jesus three times in one day?  Good job, Peter.

What can we learn from this passage?  It was a reminder to me that no matter how talented I am or the people who serve with me are, that is God's power that makes every success possible.  I should always remember to give credit where credit is due.  Praise be to God!