by Brian Knitter
So, Peter and John went to the temple to pray one day, as was their habit, when they heard a crippled man ask them for money. Having no money of their own, Peter spoke these words: "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you."
What Peter and John both possessed in large measure was the love of Christ, the savior of the world. Peter told the beggar, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk," and the man got up. It was a miracle! Everyone nearby, who saw the crippled man walk, rushed to the site. The crippled man had been begging at that gate for nearly forty years! Suddenly surrounded by a crowd, Peter breaks into speech again. "Why does this surprise you?" Peter asked, "God has come into the world as Jesus and is now risen!" "Sure," Peter continued, "you may have killed Christ in ignorance, but now he has ascended. It is by faith in Christ that this man is now strengthened and can walk. Repent, and turn to Christ -- the Messiah whom you seek!" It was another succinct sermon with a powerful message. The Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, did not mince words, and showed in action Christ's love for His people. A man was healed, and no doubt, many came to Christ because of this miracle, and because of the convincing testimony of Peter. It was the Holy Spirit in action in this circumstance.
The Holy Spirit is still here, and if you know Christ, you can act in boldness too and have confidence that God's Will will be done. So, step out boldly in faith, heal the sick; speak peace to a troubled world. God has asked you to do these things, and has given you all the tools to succeed. Do not be afraid. Be Bold in Christ.