THE DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL OF THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION).
DATE: FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017
READING: ACTS 1-26.
TOPIC: USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE GOD!
Today’s reading is a continuation of yesterday’s text, about the healing of the crippled man by Peter and John on their way to worship in Jerusalem’s Temple. Those who gathered in amazement had looked intently at them as if Peter and John had done it by their power. Peter quickly seized the opportunity to correct this wrong impression and redirected the people’s attention to the right person, Jesus Christ in whose name, power and authority the lame man was healed. Peter didn’t take the glory that was God’s and God will never share His glory with anyone. When we take God’s glory, we run the grave danger of the punishment like Herod’s after his great and arrogant speech (Acts 12:22-23).
Peter used the healing of the lame man as an opportunity to preach the gospel to all in Solomon’s Porch that day. In the past, Peter who was so timid of men would have run away; but he didn t this time. Instead he addressed the audience, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this”? Peter and John pointed the miracle of the healing of the crippled man to the power of the bodily 6 resurrected ascended and glorified Christ. Having brought them face to face with their sins and wickedness through his preaching; Peter called them unto repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. The greatest miracle in life is repentance from sin. Have you yet surrendered your life to Christ?
Payer: Lord help me like Peter and John not to lose any opportunity do service for God’s Kingdom. Amen.