Acts Chapter 3:1 – “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour (three o’clock in the afternoon) 2 A certain man crippled from his birth was being carried along, who was laid each day at the gate of the temple (which is called beautiful, that he might beg charitable gifts, from those who enter the temple)…
…Please allow me to paraphrase the rest of the story….
…3 Peter and John (followers of Jesus) were about to go into the temple and the crippled man asked them for a gift. This crippled man had a vision or a hope that perhaps one day the gift he got given was enough that he didn’t have to beg any more. That it would be enough to put him up in the local nursing home or enough for him to live out the rest of his life without needing to be carried around or enough to go into hospital to be made well.
Peter and John gazed directly at him and said “look at us.” The crippled man must have finally thought his time had finally come.
He turned his attention to Peter and John expecting he was going to get something. But, Peter said “silver and gold (money) we have none.” Surely a shattering thought for the crippled man. He must have seriously doubted he’d be getting anything out of the men now, very probably a common rejection for him to recieve.
But, Peter continued by saying “but what I do have, I give to you in (the use of) the name of Jesus Christ. Rise up and walk.
7 Peter took hold of the mans right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. At once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady.
8 and he began to walk, and he went into the temple with them walking and leaping and praising the Lord.
9 and all the people saw him walking and praising God.
10 and they recognized him as the crippled beggar who begged at the gate of the temple and were filled with wonder and amazement over what had occured.”
Peter and John using their faith in the risen Lord, lifted this man past his expectation, to a brand new life. He almost instantly became a celebrity from once being crippled and begging, to now being whole praising and giving thanks.
Faith works when it’s used by faithful people.