Posted by: yeajlee | October 7, 2010

“On the way” moments.

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.” – Acts 3:1-7

“In Acts 3:1-7, there is a great story of Peter and John heading to the temple to pray. On their way, they ran into a lame man who was begging for money. Peter and John ministered to this man out on the street and it resulted in a great spiritual awakening with many would-be Christ followers.

Have you ever taken the time to recognize how many times God shows up “on the way”? That is, as an interruption to our normal schedules? Peter and John were following a ritual of heading to the church to pray, meet with God, and be with other devout Jews. As an interruption to their expected walk, they ran into a setup by God.

It’s interesting how so many people have come to expect God to show up during our “spiritual times”. You know, during the sermon, the prayer time, the Bible study, or the worship service. That’s where he heals us, teaches us, speaks to us, comforts us, or guides us…at least that’s what we think.

Yet, the scriptures give us a very different picture. People got healed out on the streets. Non-Christians saw the power of the early communities and encountered Christ around tables, while sitting on a hill listening to him teach, walking with him on a road, standing on a shore, or while getting some water at a well. Many of the most powerful stories happened “alone the way”. In most cases, Jesus and the people that followed him met others in the context of their normal lives. God showed up in the middle of real life.

Incarnation speaks to our posture, our timing, and how much of our time we give people before we ever share biblical truths with them. But incarnation also speaks to where the most important times of ministry will take place. To be incarnational, therefore, means that we must begin where Jesus began with us: out there! with people! along the way!”

-The Tangible Kingdom Primer

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