Rather than get all excited about the gift of healing he had in him, Peter just went on his way, doing what he thought God would have him do.
We see him persecuted and thrown in prison when he gets a visit from an angel, who escorted him and the other apostles outside, leaving the prison and the guards undisturbed. Rather than flee for their lives, they follow the instructions given them and head to the Temple to continue teaching.
God was in them. The simply obeyed.
This unselfish determination is a combination our Lord can use. Power and obedience. God’s power, our obedience.
This is manifested in such a beautiful way in the following verses:
15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
Peter’s shadow had healing power? I wonder if Peter even knew as he walked down the street, just focused on what god was telling him to do, that people in his wake were being touched, delivered and healed by God. Of course, not by any power Peter had, just God in Peter…God through Peter.
How can I apply this? Am I so focused on what God is having me do that people’s lives are being changed? Do my conversations turn to the power of God in my life? Does my smile and the peaceful manner in which I handle difficult situations tell of my faith that God is in control? Do people see me walk in the hallways of my workplace and God convicts and draws people to Himself as my shadow passes over them?
I bet if I knew that was happening, I’d tend to focus on “myself” even more. Perhaps that’s why God could use Peter in such a powerful way. He was able to recognize that his uneducated, ordinary self could never, on his own, have anything to offer these people. But with God in him…
God, You know my heart. I want to be so focused on You that nothing else matters. Thank You for the pitiful few times where You’ve shown me what You can do if I am. Help me to jump in all the way so that these times might increase and I might decrease.
grace & peace,