Actions For The New Year

“Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.”

Acts 3:6-8/NIV     

Performing a literary review, we see that Abraham Lincoln was credited with the following statement (1856): “Actions speak louder than words!” Throughout time, history also credits other famous people and writers with the same phrase or something similar. What we say should have a purpose and meaning that benefits those listening. What we say should reflect what we are doing or will do. Let’s explore further!

Reading the book of Acts (Bible, New Testament), we read about the actions of numerous apostles and disciples to include Peter. Having witnessed Jesus Christ’s teaching, statements and actions, Peter went forward on a mission doing what his Master had taught him. As Peter had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior, he had the Holy Spirit in him and had the power to teach with great authority and perform many signs and wonders, bringing glory to God.

The Bible tells us of Peter’s ministry campaigns where thousands of people received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and were baptized. He also healed people from their afflictions and raised a person from the dead. The Bible informs us that Peter was a follower of Jesus Christ, had the Holy Spirit within him, and until the day he died, he was doing the work Jesus had taught him to do. I suppose you could consider after Jesus ascended into Heaven, a new year had begun for Peter. In the new year, Peter’s actions and years to follow reflected Jesus!

As I consider the focal passage (Acts 3:6-8), I see the statements and actions of a follower of Jesus Christ. As Jesus ascended into Heaven, a new year had begun for Peter, and he had work to do. Peter practiced what he taught: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10/NIV). As a follower of Jesus Christ, I seek to head into the “New Year” using the gifts God has given me to serve others as a faithful steward of His grace! Man with a mission!

Self-reflection consideration: What gifts has God given me, and how can I use these to serve others while bringing glory to God?

 Many blessings to you!


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