May 22, 2012

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

As is shown in verses 12 and 16, Peter’s entire focus was on Jesus. This is probably why most Christians today don’t see miracles: their focus is not on Jesus. Peter knew what he had, and he had Jesus, and that was enough. I’m reminded of the story of two priests walking in the Vatican, and one said, “We certainly can’t say we have no silver or gold, can we?” The other replied, “No, but can we say, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk?’” When our focus shifts from Jesus to anything else, we lose far more than we realize. Jesus wasn’t being egotistical when He spoke of all authority being given to Him, He was simply stating fact. (Matthew 28:18-20) If we fail to speak and act in submission to Him and in accordance with His Spirit, we have no authority to back us up. However, as is recorded throughout Acts, if we are in a right relationship with Christ by His Spirit, there is no limit to what God can and will do through us.

This is something I have known intellectually for a long time, but my focus is still too diffuse. As Jesus said to Martha, I am concerned with many things, when only one is necessary. (Luke 10:41-42) I worry about how I am going to do things, when my focus needs to be on Christ, period. Recent weeks have been good training in that, as various things have come up to give me anxiety, even as the Lord has spoken through me to others to assure them that He is still God, regardless of what is going on. I’m learning to listen to my own sermons! Faithfulness and obedience are still concerns, but they should be my only concerns, because God is more than able to handle every­thing. Even in the areas of faithfulness and obedience, if my commitment is there, then I have no worries because I know that God is working in me to will and to do His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13) My job is very simply to focus on Jesus, and act accordingly.

Father, thank You for this Word this morning. It’s certainly simple! Help me indeed follow through in full obedience. My life is very full of many activities, and I am so easily distracted from You. Help me focus on Christ indeed, so that Your Spirit will have full liberty to speak and act in and through me, whether I am in a church setting or not, so that Your will may be accomplished for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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