“And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” — Acts 3:5
Do you know people who seem to be able to do anything? They fit beautifully into any situation; they always seem to say just the right thing. Because of this ability, others turn to them for help, for comfort, for advice. Everyone seems to expect much of such capable people.
This particular encounter in the Bible speaks of a lame man who was daily carried to the Temple, where he asked alms. One day this hopeless cripple, observing Peter and John on their way to the Temple, saw in them a potential source of help. He expected to receive aid from them. The disciples were ready to help him, but not the way he expected.
Because Peter and John were dedicated to the work of sharing Jesus Christ with others, they had seeing eyes for the needs of those around them. “Peter fastened his eyes upon him with John and said, “Look on us.” They had ready voices to tell of Jesus. “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” The had stretched-out hands ready to serve. “He took him by the right hand, and lifted him up.”
Today there are those who are just as helpless spiritually as the lame man. Can they expect to receive something from us? If they cannot expect help from Christians, to whom can they look for aid? Peter and John could not give the lame beggar material help, but they gave him something far more precious—that which could meet spiritual need. We, too, can help to meet the spiritual needs of those around us if we have seeing eyes, ready voices and stretched-out hands dedicated to Him.