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Verse 6: “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.””

I remember seeing an old black-and-white comic strip advertisement for Charles Atlas in comic books that I read as a child. It would detail the skinny young man getting sand kicked in his face by beefier bullies on the beach. The young man finally gets tired of the ridicule (even the good-natured ribbing from his girlfriend) and decides to send away for Charles Atlas’s free body-building program book (all it cost was a stamp). Weeks later, he has a bodybuilder physique; not only that, he has bolstered confidence and courage to push back against the bullies and become the “Hero of the Beach”.

Here was Peter and John going to temple and encountering a lame man begging for alms at the gate. Peter could have made the wrong choice (which he oft times did) or offered money (which, of course, he didn’t have) or offered an excuse (which he could have, but didn’t). Instead Peter, empowered and filled with Christ-centered confidence and courage offered the man what he really needed: healing for his physical and spiritual state, most importantly through the power of the name of Jesus Christ.

Talk about a transformation!

So…are you sharing what Christ has given you today with those who need it?

Something to think about.

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