The God of More

"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.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God,  they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." [Acts 3]

A man was crippled. And he'd been crippled since birth. He had never run through a wide, rippling field or danced at a wedding. He had never walked, or skipped or stumbled. His entire life he had been carried everywhere he went. This man was a beggar, and he'd been begging for a long time.

But then one day he was carried to the temple gate Beautiful. He was left there to beg people for money - enough money for today. He saw two men walking into the temple and it didn't take much to ask them for money - he'd swallowed his pride a long time ago. So, he asks and they stop. One man says, "Look at us." He looks, expecting something. The man says, "I don't have silver or gold, but I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth get up and walk!"

You know what could have happened at this point? The man who had never felt his legs could have pushed Peter's hand aside. He could have embraced the cynicism of a life of Never Enough. He could have laughed at the offer and pressed deeper into his beggar's mat.

He didn't though. For whatever reason, faith or desperate hope gripped this man and he reached back. He put his hand into the hand of a man who was once a fisherman, but who now fished for men. He heard this whisper behind Peter's words, "There's more. More than what you need in this single moment; more than money for a loaf of bread. There's more." 

Peter pulled him to his feet and his legs and ankles were filled with strength. Muscular atrophy disappeared in the presence of More. Fear and disbelief vanished in the light of Yes. The man who had never put weight on his feet and toes, immediately ran and danced. His mouth spilled open and praise came pouring out.

You and I - we are sometimes crippled. Often we are stunted. We sit on our beggar's mats and cry out for just enough - just enough to make it through today. We're just trying to survive, but we aren't thriving.

The God of Peter and John, the God of Paul who was once Saul, the God of hope and redemption - OUR God - He is a God of More. God will offer more than we even knew to pray for.

You know what the cross was, friends? The cross was his hand extended to the crippled, to the broken, to the blind, to the battered, to the lonely, to the desperate, to the outcast, to the rejected, to the abused, to the lost. The cross is the invitation to MoreAlways more. 

Beth Moore says that sometimes God says no so that he can say a bigger yes. And his answer is always yes.

So, if all you hear is, "I don't have gold or silver..." you're missing the greater truth, the bigger yes - you're missing the MORE.

This is for YOU today.

"I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth get up and walk..."

*February 2014