Labels Limit, Curiosity Connects
Pastor Casey Reale shared a powerful, fresh word on the story of Peter healing the man at the temple gate in Acts 3:1-10:
"One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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."
We can miss opportunities because we're so used to the mundane, everyday routines and aren't present in the moment. We aren't curious enough to notice people and ask questions. Our curiosity could lead to generosity.
We are so focused on where we're going that we miss where we are.
Peter was curious enough to connect with his heart. He remembered what it felt like to be labeled as just a fisherman - just like this man was labeled as just a beggar. Peter and John stopped because they remember what it felt like when someone was curious about them. Peter realized that the man didn't just need money, he needed a savior.
What labels are we carrying?
Peter had the situational awareness to translate what the man was really asking. Peter didn't give him what initially asked for, but he gave him what he needed.
"If you don't relate on a personal level, you will never relate on a meaningful level." ~ Pastor Casey Reale
Peter's acknowledgment of what he didn't have should grant us the permission to be secure in the fact that we have all that we need and we are not in lack. So let's be generous with our curiosity of people!
"Some people might be your curiosity away from life-transformation." ~ Pastor Casey Reale
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