September 22, 2014

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?”

This is the response of a true man of God. Peter and John had just been involved in a miracle so dramatic that not only the onlookers but even the Sanhedrin took close notice, but there isn’t the slightest trace of “Look what we did.” This verse, in fact, is the exact opposite of that, saying, “Why look at us?” Peter and John had been around Jesus enough that His attitude had rubbed off, and that is what we all should aim for. They had no question that God was able to do anything at all; their only question was what did He want to do at the moment. They had no delusion that they could do anything on their own, but they were entirely willing for God to use them in doing anything at all. There are people today like that – Heidi Baker comes to mind – but they are few and far between. We are so prone to pollute even what God does through us by thinking that in some way it’s about us, when it’s actually all about Him. God desires to use each of us far more than generally happens, but we are too focused on ourselves to get with the program. It is when we are fully focused on Him in loving obedience that we are lined up for His power to flow through us. We think of it in terms of theology or doctrinal purity or the like, when it is actually all about loving, trusting obedience.

Well that’s a Word in due season! There have been many times when I have desired to see God work in power through me, but not many times when it has happened. My focus is not to be on the problem as such, and certainly not on whether I can do anything about it, but on God and what He wants to do. Too often I try to tell God what to do! I’m reminded of Smith Wigglesworth, who resurrected his wife only to have her say to him, “Smith, why did you do that?” I am to let Him tell me what He wants to do and what part, if any, I am to play in it. I am not to fear looking ridiculous. Any time I think, what if nothing happens, I am focused on myself and not on God, who is the only One who could make anything happen in the first place!

Father, You know how much I have desired that You demonstrate Your reality through signs and wonders right here in Omura. Forgive me for being too focused on myself to be available. Help me love You more, trust You more, be fully obedient to You, so that Your will may be done as perfectly here as it is in heaven, for Your pleasure and glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

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