Good morning, peeps!
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,that this man stands before you healed. – Acts 4:8-10
Have you ever wondered where you’d be if it had not been for ____? And I’m not talking about where you would be if it had not been for the Lord on your side. That’s a whole ‘nother message. I mean, where you’d be in life if you had made different decisions. You. What YOU did. I have and I can beat myself up pretty badly. If I had just left town when I was 19, then maybe… If I had never dealt with ___, then maybe… If I had just stood up for myself, then maybe… It gets ugly and sad when I do that and I can forget the blessings of now. Do you do that? It’s depressing, isn’t it? Have you ever considered that it was those decisions/actions which put you right where you needed to be for someone else’s benefit? It ain’t all about you. That if you had ____, then maybe the person who needed to see God in YOU wouldn’t have gotten the chance to?
The lame man referenced above didn’t have a “if I had” condition. He was born lame. It wasn’t like he forgot to look both ways before he crossed the street and was mowed down by a mule-pulled cart and as a result he’s lame. BORN. “I woke up like this”…he literally did. And guess what that condition brought about? A testimony. A witness to the glory of God. So, if he hadn’t been born lame, then maybe he wouldn’t have been laying by the gate called Beautiful (Acts 3) and then maybe the miracle wouldn’t have happened and then maybe the people who were there wouldn’t have learned about the power of the name of Jesus and then maybe…
Don’t view your life through the lens of “If I had, then maybe”. I wouldn’t have the ministry I have now if my life – my decisions – had been different. If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, I wouldn’t know any of you either. ALL things – your proudest moments and even your regrets – work together for good. Have a good one.