When all the people saw [the man who was lame from birth] walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
- from Acts 3:9-10
Wherever God’s people go, we should expect to see life in their wake. Healing and reconciliation. Generosity and justice. Compassion and service. The watching world should be filled with wonder and amazement as they cross our path.
Though we realize this isn’t always the case in our experience, we want it to be true. We want our life together to be a blessing to the place where God’s placed us: whether that’s Briar Chapel or Bobcat Point, Bear Creek or Beaver Creek, Siler City or Syria. We want the people we interact with to be filled with wonder and amazement as they witness God’s good work in and around us.
This requires us at times to step out of our comfort zones, to slow down, to inconvenience ourselves. Peter and John had to stop to help this man. They had to exercise faith. They had to take a risk (what if they said “Rise and walk” and nothing happened?!?).
We also will have to demonstrate risk-taking faith as we join God in his without-him-it-would-be-impossible mission. It won’t always be easy or comfortable. But it will be good.
Where do you feel like God is asking you to exercise risk-taking faith in this season of your life? What impact do you think it has on Chatham County when our church community demonstrates radical, risk-taking generosity?