When you go to worship this Lord’s Day, will you act like a lame beggar? Not just like any lame beggar. Not exactly imitating the lame beggar to which I refer. Instead, consider the man in Acts 3 and the effect Christ’s power had on him. He thought he had his list of needs properly prioritized–he wanted a few coins to help his subsistent life. He met a couple of men and thought they could oblige, but then he learned they were broke. Rather than coins, Peter and John gave Him Christ! And, it is the reaction that Luke makes so striking and startling! He leaped (8), began to walk (8), went “walking and leaping and praising God” (8), and people “saw him walking and praising God” (9). Where did this happy man go in this condition? “The temple” (9). People took note of him, remembering what he was but seeing what he now is (10).
I am not advocating a literal leaping into the church building doors this week, but this man had an exuberance and enthusiasm that should get our attention. Where are we going on the Lord’s Day? What are we getting to do when we assemble together? What has He done in our lives and with our sins? How has that effected and changed us? Your reaction truly cannot be contrived or manipulated! It must come from a genuine understanding and gratitude for Christ saving us! It must come from a daily “walk” that is getting closer and closer to this awesome Savior! Without Jesus, we are more crippled than the lame and poorer than the most abject beggar. With Him, we should be filled with joy and excitement! Let us make sure this shows up on our faces and in our demeanors when we sing, pray, commemorate, and listen, as we worship, this Sunday!