NIV Acts 3:12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
Jesus once made the statement, “If you have faith the size of a small seed (my paraphrase) you could say to a mountain get up and move and it would. This does not seem possible to us. Thus the truth of the word “if”.
Faith cannot be forced. Faith is not always logical to us. Faith comes through faithfulness. In the Old Testament, the people heard the reports of how big and strong the inhabitants of the promised land were and they did not believe they could win. God scolded them for their lack of faith. So what did they do? They ignored what God said and tried to prove they could have faith. This ended with disaster.
If we would have faith, we must first know what is the foundation for our faith. Some would answer, “That’s easy. Our faith is founded on Jesus.”
Jesus was once called upon by a man who knew he lacked faith. His words were, “Lord, I believe. Please help my unbelief.”
If we have faith, we too should desire for our Lord to help us with our unbelief. Perhaps we could start with something easy like believing what God says about tithing. Money should not matter more than our trust in God.
I am sure I have just made some of you mad. Why?
It was hard for Peter to learn to really have faith in the Lord. Peter was a very self sufficient man. It was not till the Lord confronted Peter after the resurrection while Peter was fishing that Jesus final got through. Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?”
If we love Jesus we will keep his commandments. We will carry out his commission. We will build one another’s faith as the church.
In the beginning verse, Peter has been called to task because a beggar was healed. The beggar had asked Peter for a monetary handout. Peter answered by telling the man, silver and gold I don’t have, but in the name of Jesus rise and walk. The man did.
We are drawing near to the end of Lent. Hopefully we have journeyed with Jesus as his disciples. Hopefully we have learned more about what faith and love and commitment required. Hopefully we will become instruments of the power of God in this world.