But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
Something I see so often in these stories is that we have one level of expectation, but God has so much more for us.
The beggar was just brought to the temple each day to beg—each day so close to community and the House of God, but instead he was just hanging out at the threshold. He was content to beg for his daily bread—not enter into God's presence and pray for it like Jesus taught His disciples.
Yes, I love that. Jesus always has more. What if we lived under this revelation daily? How much of God’s power would see in our life? Jesus can work with whatever level of expectation we have.
I feel like you can't even quantify how much more we'd see it. Especially if we did what Peter and John did: they spoke out the name of the Healer. They didn't pretend to take any credit but said "In the name of Jesus Christ.”
He expected money, but received healing. Jesus meets us at whatever our level of expectation and brings His power into our lives. I imagine this moment would have revolutionized how this beggar saw God!
An encounter with the power of Jesus changes our paradigm of who He is. This beggar would have prayed differently from this day forward. He would have hoped differently. He would have believed differently. He would have seen the needs of others differently.