Tuesday, February 8 – Acts 3:8-10
And leaping up, he stood and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they recognized him as being the very one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg for charitable gifts, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Do you remember the moment you began to follow Jesus? How did you feel? Who did you share this with? How did your life change? Maybe you were raised in the church and don’t feel like you have much of a testimony. If this is you, how was your life different than others around you because you followed Jesus from an early age? Often, it is at the initial point of faith when we are most excited about the transformation of our life that we freely share the hope with others. There is something about the zeal of a new believer. At that moment, everything is clear, and hope is secure. As we grow in our faith, we often forget the value of the gift we have been given. We may start to take credit for the good things we do and forget that the goodness inside of us is only by the Holy Spirit and not ourselves.
The lame man was fully confident in the change that had just taken place in his life. He did not practice walking in secret. He saw God’s transformation as something to be confident in because he knew it was nothing he could ever do on his own. So, he lived in the goodness of the gift he had been given, and he praised God. As a result, other people began to praise as well. Maybe you don’t feel like you have much to offer with your story, but this is not so. Every gospel testimony is unique and powerful. Every day that you live transformed by the Holy Spirit at work inside you is a day worth praising God with confidence and excitement. Imagine what would happen if you gave God recognition for all the things in your life. Imagine what would happen if you began to share the everyday moments of your Christian life with other people.
• Write out different ways the gospel has changed your life. How can you share this hope with others?
• What are some things in your life that you often take credit for instead of praising God? How can you build speaking God’s praise in your everyday language?
• Pray and thank God for the ways He has changed your life and repent for the times that you have tried to take credit for yourself.