Would You Like Some Change? / Day 3

BIBLE READING

Acts 3: 1-4

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. 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. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John.

Psalm 39: 4

Show me, Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

Psalm 90: 12

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Hebrews 3: 13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,”....

Ephesians 5: 15-17

Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

REFLECTION

"People create success in their lives by focusing on today. It may sound trite, but today is the only time you have. It’s too late for yesterday. And you can’t depend on tomorrow. That’s why today matters. Most of the time we miss that." (John Maxwell)

The average life expectancy in the UK is 80.9 years – that’s 29,548 days. We read in Acts 3 that this incredible healing happened “one day”. It started out as just another ordinary day. There was nothing special or significant about it. Yet, the middle of what seemed mundane, God broke in with the miraculous. A man who hadn’t walked in over 40 years finished the day being able to run, leap and dance.

As followers of Jesus every day contains the potential for a miracle. Even those days which seem very ordinary and routine. After all, each of us are walking miracles. God has supernaturally broken into our lives and lives within us by His Spirit. We are infused with divine life, empowered and equipped with Kingdom authority, and have Heaven’s resources at our disposal.

As Peter and John are going about their habit and routine of daily prayer at the temple, they encounter this man who, no doubt, hundreds of other people had just walked past. However, they not only notice him, they actually take time to stop and speak to him. They make room for a divine disruption in their schedule. They welcome the interruption.

I wonder how many of us miss potential miracles that God places before us in the monotonous moments of our daily routines. Often we expect God to move powerfully at church services or in Christian conferences but not in our office, on the factory floor or at the school gate. We are so busy keeping to our schedule, trying to complete all the tasks we have on our ‘to-do list’ or scrolling through other people’s lives on our phones, that we often walk past the need or disregard the opportunity right in front of us.

Today, keep your eyes, ears and heart open to all that is in front of you and around you. Stay sensitive to the whisper of the Spirit. In the most ordinary incidents and mundane moments, there is the potential for God to do something great through you.

Dale Witherington wrote a poem called “The Lifebuilder’s Creed.” In part, this is what it says:

Today is the most important day of my life.

Yesterday with its successes and victories, struggles and failures is gone forever.

The past is past.

Done

Finished.

I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it.

But I will learn from it and improve my Today.

Today. This moment. NOW.

It is God’s gift to me and it is all that I have.

Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and troubles isn’t here yet.

Indeed, tomorrow may never come.

Therefore, I will not worry about tomorrow.

Today is what God has entrusted to me.

It is all that I have. I will do my best in it.

I will demonstrate the best of me in it - my character, giftedness, and abilities - to my family and friends, clients and associates.

I will identify those things that are most important to do Today,

and those things I will do until they are done.

And when this day is done

I will look back with satisfaction at that which I have accomplished.

Then, and only then, will I plan my tomorrow,

Looking to improve upon Today, with God’s help.

Then I shall go to sleep in peace . . . content.