Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
Miraculous missions are done God’s way:
The right hand in Scripture was clear. It was the place of honour and high ranking of equal authority. Jesus is seated at the right hand, as Messiah in the Psalms and quoted by Jesus when he questions the Pharisees on his own identity (Matt 22:44). Paul would later write that Jesus is at the right hand interceding for us (Romans 8:34). God’s right hand is definitely Jesus, equal position in honour, power and authority. Peter took him by the right hand, Luke records this small detail. If it wasn’t significant why mention it, why not just say the hand. It is significant. Peter operated in the way of God, in Jesus.
It’s amazing to me how when I travel and meet other mission organisations how many don’t move in and through Jesus. One prominent missions agency has even banned any prayer meetings from taking place in its offices for fear of offending those who don’t hold to the Christian faith.
Miraculous missions happen when we help:
Peter and John didn’t ask the beggar what kind of help he wanted. They knew he wanted money. Sometimes it’s just obvious what kind of help is needed. But one thing we all need to do is to help in such a way that we remove the beggar mentality. Some missions work only creates more beggars. A heavy dependence on the giver and not finding a way to come alongside to help the beggar find respect and dignity, to rely on God and not man.
Before the miracle there is a Peter and John who cares enough to help. The instantaneous miracle happened as the beggar was in the arms of the apostles.
It’s time for you to hold in your arms the poor, the broken, the needy.