5th Monday after Easter

Acts 3:1–26, Acts 14:8–18

All of us have experienced—or know some close who has—a significant health issue, whether going on for years, or for a short time. Often those health issues come with significant costs, too, making a bad uation even worse. It also isn’t necessarily a matter of good or bad health care insurance. It is all the stuff surrounding the issue that often has the greatest cost.

In the era of Acts, and even as recent as today, people who are disabled (ly or developmentally) are viewed as a waste. What the crippled men experienced is, sadly, no different than what many experience today. Outcast. Forced to beg. Their families brought them to beg. Guilt people into giving. That was their value.

We all have a to judge people on the value they bring to us. Do they make us happy? Do they take care of us? Or the flip side, what does this continuing relationship doing to me? How is this keeping me from what I want to do?*

When we judge people by value, we judge people just as if they were things. People are not things. They have ’s image in them ().

Peter, John, , and Barnabas could have allowed themselves to be valued by the results of the s. Had they done so, however, they would have not been acting within the framework of , and it’s questionable how effective they would have been afterward. Instead, they pointed to . They could have allowed themselves to be used, as many of us do to “friends” and influence. They pointed to .

1) Have you ever found yourself evaluating people on their value to you?

2) Have you ever believed that someone pretended to like or even you because of what you could do for them?

3) Do you think values you because of what you can do for , or is there something else?

*This, of course, does not mean remain in an abusive relationship.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.