I love the Book of Acts! I am not a Bible scholar, but I’ve taught Acts, I’ve preached from Acts and I’ve even argued from Acts. I’d say I know the Book of Acts pretty well. But the funny thing about God’s inspired Word is just when you think you know the stories and what they mean, the Lord teaches or reminds you of something you missed before when you need it most. The story of Acts 3:1-10 is one of those stories for me.
Growing up, I learned to love chapter two. It’s got the good stuff in there – baptism, gift of the Holy Spirit, teaching, fellowship (my favorite), breaking bread, prayer, and selling your goods and giving to those in need. All this brings about favor with the people and gives everyone “glad and sincere hearts.”
Then, we read in chapter three a story about Peter healing a crippled man. Peter makes an interesting comment when the crippled man asks him for money: “Silver and gold I do not have...” Well, that seems a bit odd since they were just selling their belongings and giving to those who were “added to their number”, so why didn’t Peter and John have any?
I don’t know the answer to that, but what they did have, and what I needed to hear in this story was what Peter said next: “In the name of Jesus Christ…!”
This past fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019), with your help, AGAPE served more than 4,000 children, families and adults in Middle Tennessee. That’s a big number!
- 7,079 nights of care were provided to 45 children in the homes of loving, Christian foster families.
- 11,500 counseling sessions were provided to more than 2,220 clients, including 1,300 new clients in 10 locations across Middle Tennessee.
- 91 women and 75 children sought refuge at AGAPE’s Morning Star Sanctuary domestic violence shelter, and another 2,000 were helped through our Court Advocacy program.
But let’s get back to Peter and the crippled man. So, what did I learn from Acts 3:1-10?
Healing – real, life-changing healing – and the hope for a future kind of healing is not in silver and gold, it’s not in the sheltering of women and children or the professional services we provide. Those things are needed and important, but they cannot heal the “sin-sick soul.” Healing is all in the Name… “It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has completely healed him…” (Acts 3:16).
AGAPE’s mission is to strengthen children and families with the healing love of Christ… It’s all about the Name. Pray that the 4,000 individuals we serve in 2020 will know the name of Jesus through AGAPE!
May this season be joyful, peaceful and filled with the glory of the Christ for you and your family!
This piece originally appeared in the 2019 Holiday Edition of AGAPE in Action.