Acts 3:11-16 — Not about us

As the man Peter and John had healed was making a ruckus in the temple courts, all the people gathered around, amazed first that this man who had been crippled for 40 years was walking, and then looking at Peter and John in wonder as well.

But Peter told the people,

Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk…By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.  (12, 16)

And here we see something that I think is really important to remember.  This life is not about us.  It’s not about who we are.  It’s not about what we can do.

Rather it’s all about who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he is doing around us now.

It would have been so easy for Peter and John to strut in front of the crowd, and say, “Look at what we did.  See how God’s favor and power rests on us?”

But instead, they pointed everyone to Jesus.  They noted that it was Jesus who performed the healing, not them.  And it was Jesus who they should direct their attention and faith to, not them.  For it was he who suffered on the cross for them.  It was he that Moses and all the prophets had pointed to saying, “Listen to him!”

Too often, however, Christians are not focused on Jesus.  They are focused on themselves.  They are focused on their gifts.  They are focused on what they can do.  They are focused on the attention they get.  And in doing so, they miss the whole point of life.

The whole point of life is to know Jesus and point others to a relationship with him.  But as long as we’re focused on ourselves, we’ll never know the life or the joy that God intends us to have.

How about you?  Who are you focused on?  Who and what are you living for?

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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