God’s gifts are bigger than you think.
AUGUST 4, 2021
God’s gifts are bigger than you think. Let’s talk about it on Key Life.
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Thank you Matthew. If you were listening yesterday, we talked about, how the cripple, that it wasn’t an accident that the cripple was at the gate of the temple. We’re looking at Acts 3 and that’s where the cripple was healed and started dancing and leaping. And people were amazed and Peter never passing up an opportunity to preach a sermon, preached one of the best sermons in the history of Christendom in a space of about four minutes. And, it’s an amazing, and it’s a wonderful story. And yesterday we talked, and let me say it a little bit more about it. There’s still the smell of Jesus about the church and Christians. When Paul said this.
I’m crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ in me.
He wasn’t giving us a command to be crucified. He was stating a fact that is true about every believer who is listening to me right now. You can’t help it, Christians are always talking about, you know, I want to be better and better, quit worrying about it, you’re going to be better, because of Christ who is living in you. And that’s a fact. You can’t help it. It doesn’t, and you say, well, I’m not very good. Of course you’re not good. That’s not what your witness is. You say, well, I don’t know very, of course you don’t know enough, nobody knows enough, but you got to show, you know why you got to show, it’s because you smell like Jesus, and you can’t help it, because he is living in you. And he’s creating in you a vessel that he can use. Somebody has said, in fact, I think it was Martin Luther that said, God, didn’t look for people that he loves. He created them. And that’s what he’s doing in you right now. And that’s what he’s doing and me right now. So, you’ve got to show, so quit worrying about getting better. God’s gonna take care of that for you, and he will show you that he’s doing it when you need to know it. Just go on about your business and make sure you don’t become a recluse and stay away from unbelievers. Make sure that you show up in places, cause you smell like Jesus. And that’s true of the temple. The people knew, and the cripple knew that if you’re hurting, if you’re in trouble, the best place to be is at the door of the church. You may not like the church. You may not like the music or the preacher or what’s going on in the church or the way they create guilt. But nevertheless, the door of the church is where you want to be, if you can’t walk. And it’s so important that we have what we advertise, that would be love. That would be forgiveness. That would be compassion. That would be kindness. The smell of Jesus about the church is still there and it’s still among Christians and you can’t do anything about it. It just is. And it’s interesting when you’re reading this, that the cripple was not at the local hospital. He was not on the side street, somewhere, yelling at people about his need. He was at the temple of God and they still come to the temple of God, because we’re all cripples and we’re all there for the same reason, we need healing. And then I want you to notice, that what God had for the cripple, was better than what the cripple wanted for himself. He wanted money. And Peter said this in the sixth verse, but Peter said.
I have no silver or gold, but I give you what I have in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.
You know, there isn’t room in the book of Acts to tell all the details, but I know what happened, the cripple looked at Peter, shook his head and said, what have you been smoking? There’s something wrong with you, man. Can’t you, have you not noticed that I can’t get up and walk? Are you crazy? And then Peter, and Peter’s pretty big. Peter reaches down and grabs him by the arm and jerks him up. And that is in the text. And then all of a sudden, he doesn’t fall and he doesn’t know why he doesn’t fall. And then his legs get strong and then his muscles get healed and all of a sudden he’s walking and then he’s leaping and then he’s jumping and he can’t believe it. And Peter gave him something bigger than he expected. God is always doing that, by the way, greater than anything we can think.
That which has been created for God’s people is greater than the mind can conceive.
The Scripture says, you know, all the time, when people become Christians, we think we’re going to have to live with some really harsh and difficult and bad and down and sad days. And there’s some of that. I don’t want to kid you about it, but I want you to know that, you know that the man who wrote My Utmost for His Highest, when he became a Christian, wrote a poem and the poem said.
Hush, I hear the sound of weeping. I must live my life in tears.
No you don’t, what are you crazy? Listen, you can dance. You can laugh. You can be healed. You can be free. You can celebrate. And we don’t do enough celebrating in the church and we ought to, because God’s gifts are greater than we can possibly perceive.
Eye have not seen, ear has not heard and mind of man has not conceived.
You think about that. Amen.
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