I came to Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement in the 1970s. It was a time of huge social unrest. Sound familiar? And out of that unrest, a revival happened. I’m seeing signs and hearing news of another revival, and my heart longs to witness the move of God as it sweeps across this nation and this world.
“Truly, truly I say to you, the one who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12, NASB 2020)
Think of it. Jesus said we who believe in Him will do the works that He did. But it doesn’t seem that it happens that way very often, does it? But if it doesn’t, we can be sure that the problem is with us, not with Him.
Yesterday’s sermon at my church ended with the story found in Acts 3. Peter and John were on their way to the temple (they were on their way to church) when they were stopped by a man who’d been lame from birth. He asked them for money.
But Peter said, “I do not have silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!” And grasping him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. (Acts 3:6–7, NASB 2020)
On 5/7/2011 I wrote these words in the margin of my Bible next to those two verses: “Peter told the man to rise and walk, but he also gave him a hand up.”
That’s us. Followers of Jesus, those who truly believe in Him and what He accomplished on the cross, need to act in the power of the Holy Spirit and declare His truth to those who are in need (physical, spiritual, etc.). At the same time, we can reach out and give them a hand up. The world needs this so desperately. Our cities need this so desperately. Our neighbors need this so desperately.
Church, let’s walk and act like Peter and John. We don’t need riches (silver and gold) to be able to help others, but we do need to walk in kingdom power.