READ: Acts 4:1-12
- The context for this story is the healing of the lame man at Gate Beautiful. After being arrested for preaching to the crowds gathered by the healing, Peter and John were questioned by the Jewish leadership. The question was, “by whose power or what name do you do this?” It’s a question of authority. “Who told you (empowered you; permitted you) to do this?” A key to the question comes in verse 2, “they were greatly annoyed” because they were teaching Jesus’ resurrection.
- We all want to know where power originates. We want to know the source of authority in our lives. We all believe we have power from somewhere: pedigree, experience, position, wealth, etc. But in this case, it was none of those sources. This power came from God Himself. Only He can heal brokenness, even the physical brokenness seen in this man being crippled.
- Peter and John, empowered by the Holy Spirit, claim that the power is from God. They connect that power to Jesus, who was raised from the dead by the power of the Father. By implication, if God can raise the dead, He has no trouble fixing broken limbs. The healing pointed to the power of God; the power of God points to the Christ.
- In what “power” do you find your meaning?
- What activity takes up most of your time? Energy? Is that a means of identifying the source of your power in life?
- Why does power appeal to us so much?
PRAY: Ask God to help you identify where you think you get your strength to live. Pray that you can rely on God’s power instead of some other source. What motivates you in life?