All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.
12 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? 13 For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!
16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes. – Acts 3:9-16
I recently participated in a visioning and focus group process in behalf of Concordia University Texas. This school is beautifully located on a 389-acre tract in Northwest Austin, four miles east of Lake Travis. The university dedicated approximately 250 acres of its campus as a nature and wildlife preserve as part of a conservation easement with Travis County. It is a stunningly unique campus, occupying what was once a significant location for Schlumberger Oil Services Company.
More important to me, however, is the mission of Concordia, “Developing Christian Leaders.” During the presentations today we heard a question that they want all their students to consider: Where are you going and who is going with you? That’s a great question on so many levels.
It helps, first of all to know where you are going in life. Are you heading toward a worthy pursuit? Are you in the lane to which God has assigned you? Are you pursuing dreams and goals in line with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you on a good path?
The second question is also very important for it reveals an often-overlooked reality, and offers an often-neglected reminder. We don’t go it alone in life – at least not if we’re going the way God designed us to live. In the very beginning – even before the fall into sin – God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” That applies especially to marriage. But it is echoed in the practice of Jesus when it comes to living on purpose (mission). He sent his disciples two-by-two. A friend can help us when we fall, or better yet a friend can help us avoid pitfalls and dangers along the way. Who is going with you as you go?
Yet another aspect of this question has to do with a purposeful attitude toward life that says, I’m not only not going alone, I’m going with someone who is with me in the journey as a partner in mission. In other words not only are we not to go alone, we are to go purposefully together. Encouraging each other, helping each other. Perhaps teaching at times, and at other times learning. Sometimes holding another up. Sometimes having our heads held above water.
When the people discover the now-healed beggar they discover him clinging tightly to Peter and John. He was surely thankful to them for his healing. But he clung to them no doubt for his safety as well. I’m not certain he knew where he was going. But he wasn’t going anywhere at this time without Peter and John.
Where are you going? Who is going with you as you go?