Updated: Jun 8
I think the most important part of walking is sitting. Sitting makes you understand the purpose of walking. Mobility is a gift that we seldom cherish. In our society we have such a disdain for immobility that we tend to deny ourselves rest. In the flux of it all, moving does not mean you are going to a destination. Like a treadmill we can be in the same place. We can have the feeling of walking a mile, but that does not change the fact that you are still in the same place you were a mile ago. In Acts 3, the man laying at the gate of a temple called Beautiful was begging for alms, waiting for people to give unto him, because he was unable to walk. Little did I or his benefactors know that this man who did not walk for the entirety of his life was going to teach us more about walking for God than we could ever know.
So when he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them to give him a gift. And Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and he said, Look at us! And [the man] paid attention to them, expecting that he was going to get something from them. But Peter said, Silver and gold (money) I do not have; but what I do have, that I give unto you: in the [the use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk! Then he took hold of the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady, and leaping forth he stood and began to walk , and he went into the temple with them, walking leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, And they recognized him as the man who usually sat [begging] for the alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment, consternation) over what had occurred to him. Acts 3:3-10 AMPC
Out of piety, it is possible that what we desire to walk for will not bring us true satisfaction. The motives of those passing the beggar, could have been pure. But in this moment, at the early stages of the church, the temples were of judaic traditions without Jesus Christ. As the man lay there, all people could give him was alms, but nothing to truly change his life. In this story we can find ourselves as the beggar and the benefactors. Everyday the beggar was laid in front of the temple gate. He was in a position where he was forced to believe that “things” were the true value of life. When essential needs are not met,it is easier for people to miss the true value of life. As for those who gave alms, it is also easy for people to never know that they have more to offer than gifts. Peter and John was a new standard in the way we should live our lives through Christ. No matter our lot in life, there's something better to receive and better to offer through the power of Jesus.
Our journey in life should never be defined, by the natural process of aging, or the simple act of moving each day. Our desire to move should be backed by our desire to follow God,and that is exactly what the beggar did. When he received his healing, he did not run away and tell his friends. He purposefully held on to Peter and John and walked into the temple, where he let his life be a shining example of what God can do. He helped change the very people that just gave him gifts. In fact, his gift was more powerful than any money he could ever receive from them.
Our lives mean more and it can not be defined by the status of the have and the have nots. In the end, what matters is that we know we have the power for more through the power of Jesus. This is not found by how we look, but by what we believe and our faith to prove it.
Whether sitting or walking. Whether we feel limited or prosperous. I pray that our desire is not to receive or give for momentary satisfaction. I pray that our desire goes beyond our life on earth, but reaches eternity, where our Father makes His home. That along the way, as we travel here to there, we can show the true value of our life in Jesus Christ and the great reward of following his lead.