Unusual but a question for the day…. what is the difference between the “means” and the “end?”
Jesus is now working through His disciples. This is one thing Jesus wants people to know. His presence and His power are still at work, still available to men. His great love and concern for the world is still being manifested through the lives of His disciples. In fact, Jesus has…• no feet but our feet.• no hands but our hands.• no voice but our voice.If we do not go and do and speak the work of God, His work does not get done. In our scripture there is no doubt there is 4 significant lessons for us to learn.
I find it interesting that he was not even looking up at Peter and John when he asked for alms (Acts 3:4). Years of having people look the other way had taught him he was different and did not fit in. From the first, even as a small child, he had probably grown into a shy, withdrawn, embarrassed person, a person unable to look people in the eye.
The point is this: the man was hurting within as well as without. He was a living picture of so many in the world…
So many of us who are wounded and suffering so much (both within and without) from the neglect of others—from an unconcerned and selfish and hoarding world—from a world that will not let go and share what it has with those who do not have. But even more critical…there are persons who are suffering so much from the neglect of God’s people, the very people who profess to know the love and care of God for all, and yet who act just as unconcerned and selfish and hoard just as much as the world.
The needs exist and abound. They are all around us. They are us….
Peter looked and saw the man in need and would not look away. He could have looked away and just passed by the man. Most people did, but not Peter. He was now indwelt by the Spirit of God, and he was on earth to meet the needs of the world for the Lord. Therefore, he fastened his attention upon the man, being full of concern and compassion.
Peter answers the question he fastened his attention upon the man. The man needed healing from not only what you could see but also his spirit. The means certain establishes a goal or a purpose and God gives us the means of how he wants it accomplish. In the end it is God’s will…if we follow..and following starts with prayer.
We are the means…there is no doubt.