How to Heal a Hurting World

From the Desk of Dawn Parr, Children’s Ministry Director

After the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost, more and more people in Jerusalem were beginning to believe in Jesus. The leaders who crucified Christ tried to stop the Apostles from preaching about Jesus. But the Apostles did preach—and like Jesus, they performed many miracles.

The miracles were important because they proved that the Apostles’ message about Jesus was true. These miracles made the Apostles popular and the Holy Spirit protected them from the leaders who tried to stop them. The miracles helped people change their hearts and minds about Jesus. They turned to Him as their Savior, receiving the JOY only Christians can receive.

One miracle involved John and Peter healing a lame man, found in Acts 3.

The lame man was a beggar with a miserable life. There was no system at the time that provided for disabled or elderly people. They depended entirely on their family, friends, and gifts from kind people.

After the miracle, Peter and John were questioned by a council. How could two fishermen speak so well, let alone heal a lame man. They demanded the two men not talk about Jesus anymore or perform miracles, but Peter and John would not relent. They would never stop sharing the Word of God. The JOY in their hearts kept them going, regardless of their circumstances. They knew God was with them.

What is the lesson in all of this?

Certainly, we are not capable of performing miracles of healing, even though some are given the gift of practicing medicine.

So, what is it God asks of us?

God asks us to be disciples by sharing His Word. His words heal. His words bring about JOY for others.

At first, it seems overwhelming to us. After all, we are being asked to do something else in addition to our very busy lives. And that is where we should stop, and take stock: What is it that is getting in the way of the very thing we were put here on earth for, that Christ died for? God is not asking us to stop breathing! God is asking us to tell about His good works, about His love and His forgiving ways. When you do this in the Spirit of the Lord, JOY will fill your heart—and His message will heal.