Acts 14:8-10

In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.

Here is a lame man treated poorly by his society, overlooked, probably unloved by most, and I would imagine in a constant state of hopelessness and discouragement.

I think it’s important that it is stated he’s been lame since birth, he had never walked. Now we have the full picture. How could this man ever have any hope to walk again or for things to change? After all, he’s been this way his entire life!

Yet, when he heard Paul speak, when he heard the gospel, about Jesus, hope was renewed, and he was healed. His life changed. He “jumped up and began to walk”.

I want to challenge you and myself. Maybe there is a pain you have lived with a long time: the pain of being single, the pain of unemployment, broken relationships, emotional or physical pain. You’ve lost hope. How could anything ever change when it’s been this way, maybe forever?

If you don’t know Jesus, I urge you to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and meet the One who brings light into darkness. Experience hope in the gospel of Christ.

If you know Jesus, I will be more blunt with you. Your hopelessness is a poor witness to everyone around you. If you, who has the hope and life of Christ living inside you, feel like giving up, why would anyone want to follow your Jesus?

Let others see that you have faith just by looking into your eyes. And just wait! You may find yourself jumping and walking again.

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