Focal passage: Acts 3:1-10
Do you remember when every carton of milk displayed the picture of a missing child? As a little girl, I was enthralled by those pictures. I remember walking through our local grocery store and staring intently at each little face.
Am I a missing child? I wondered. Do any of those faces look familiar? What about the students in my class? What about the people in this dairy aisle?
My thoughts may seem silly, but I was determined to be heroic. By recognizing a face, I could have saved a life, you know!
I no longer scan crowds in hopes of rescuing someone, but every day I pass by people who need saving. They have not been kidnapped – their circumstances are much worse. They are living without eternal hope.
You see, the lost are all around us, but when is the last time we stopped long enough to notice?
I love the story of Peter and John in Acts 3:1-10. It was afternoon, and they “were going up together to the temple complex at the hour of prayer” (Acts 3:1).
Yet in that very moment, God placed a lame man squarely in their path. The man began to beg the apostles for help. In response, they stopped, fixed their gaze on him, and pointed him to Jesus.
Peter and John are challenging examples to those of us with hectic lives. In the middle of a planned out day, they took the time to recognize an opportunity to share the gospel.
What’s more, God used that opportunity to allow them to share Christ with numerous others.
According to Acts 3:10 the people watching were “filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened” to the lame man.
I don’t know who you will pass by as you check off your to-do list this week, but I am certain no moment is a surprise to God.
He has intentionally placed people in your life who need to know the hope only Jesus gives. And my prayer for you and for me is that we would stop long enough to share it!