A Beautiful Disaster - Why Your Dream May Still Be Lame

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

Acts 3:1-6 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the [a]ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg [b]alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!”5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

Everyone has a purpose inside of them and we dream of how it will be when that purpose is fulfilled in our lives. However, that dream can turn into a disaster if we pursue it with the wrong focus and mindset.

In Acts 3, there is a man who was lame (not able to walk), sitting at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. Since he is lame, he isn’t able to work, therefore he begs for a living. Some commentaries say that this man had been lame for over 40 years, and it may have even been possible that Jesus walked by him. I’ve read this story before and heard sermons about it, but something different struck me as I studied this time. I realized he was in the right place (the temple), but was asking for the wrong thing. The place where he could’ve received his healing and deliverance was right in front of him, but he couldn’t see it because he was focused on the wrong thing. Let’s look at some reasons why your dream may still be lame.

You depend too much on others - The scripture tells us that everyday someone had to carry him to the gate and set him down to beg. Yes, I know he couldn’t walk there himself, so someone had to carry him. I don’t know the rules for people being allowed in the temple, but in 40 years I can’t help but wonder if he ever thought to get carried inside?

The lame man may not have been able to walk, but I’m sure he was able to worship and pray. Have you been depending on others to help you get by? God sends special people in our lives to help, but what has He equipped you to do? I believe that everything you need is inside of you right now. You may not currently have the resources to achieve your dreams, but what are you able to do with what you have? Can you pray for wisdom and guidance now? Can you clearly write out your vision to get it out of your head and onto paper? Can you follow someone who is already doing what you want to be doing? Certainly you can! Others can help, but it is God alone whom we must depend on. Take one step of faith forward and God will illuminate the next one, but you have to move. Don’t allow people to have complete control over your life. You have a God who can do the impossible, it’s time to start believing Him and living your purpose.

You’re at the right place with the wrong mindset - For over 40 years, day after day, the lame man begged people passing by for money. It was how he made a living, but God had something much bigger in store for him. Is God calling you to something more? What is your mindset when pursuing the dream God has given you? You want to walk by faith, but the job you have is keeping you comfortable. You go there day after day, year after year, working only for what’s within reach. You’re working just to survive, but there is opportunity right in front of you! God is calling you to come into the temple?

The lame man was in the right place, but he had the wrong mindset. What would happen if you shifted your mindset from just trying to make it to and focused on the beautiful purpose God has in front of you. The man could’ve have gone anywhere to beg, but I believe he was strategically placed there just so he could have an encounter with Peter and John. God has strategically placed you where you are? Ask for wisdom to see the temple and for an opportunity to run into those who can give you real insight.

You’re asking for the wrong thing - Many times we think we just need money to go after our purpose. Yes, while money can help tremendously, it is only a tool to help you further the purpose God has given you. The lame man asked the disciples for money, and when Peter looked back at him he thought he was about to get what he asked for. However, Peter gave him something far more valuable than what he expected to receive.

I can’t think of a better example of how God deals with our needs. Our hearts are in the right place when we pray, but we just don’t know what to ask for. Your purpose is far greater than money. When we use our purpose to spread the gospel we are ultimately exalting God. At its very core, your dream is not about you, it’s about God. That’s why God placed it in your heart. When we don’t know what to ask for, the Holy Spirit intercedes Romans 8:26. On your pursuit to purpose, ask God for divine wisdom and guidance in just what you need, and He will give you far greater than what you could've asked for on your own.

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