Food for Friday

And he leaping up stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. Acts 3:8

Someone read this verse to me one time and cited it as proof that we as Christians should be more lively in the meetings of our Assembly. In fact, this person attends a place where leaping – and other lively activities – are common events during their services. Now, I will be the first to admit that our meetings can get much too subdued on occasion. But to use this verse as a proof text that we should be leaping during our meetings is a gross misapplication of Scripture. In fact, this verse has nothing whatsoever to do with any meetings of the Assembly. But, spiritually speaking, there is a time and place for leaping in the life of a Christian.

Why was this man leaping? If that had been me, I would have been leaping too, and so would you. This man, who had never walked in his life, now had strong and able legs. This wonderful change was so great that he could not help himself from leaping with joy and wonder. He was like a newly saved Christian, who is so excited about God’s salvation that he tells everybody he encounters. He shares his testimony, he invites others to Gospel meetings, and he gets excited about every occasion of meeting with the Christians. Some dear Christians never lose their desire for spiritual leaping, savouring the excitement of being saved every day of their life. The rest of us need to be reminded of how thrilling it is to be saved, and to have the joy of our salvation restored. We get too bogged down sometimes in the effort of life, in daily activities, even in Assembly activities, and tend to forget that we are captives who have been set at liberty, strangers who have been adopted, sinners who have been forgiven, and enemies who have been reconciled. We forget to be excited about it.

Some of us are too old to do much leaping, in the physical sense. But we should never feel too old to leap spiritually, to become excited about our salvation and the things of God. In fact, the older we get the closer we are to the glorious future God has reserved for His own. We are nearer than ever to the Rapture, to the glorious mansions prepared for us, to the wonder of beholding the Lord Jesus in His glory. Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man the things that God hath prepared for them that love Him. 1 Cor. 2:9 Think of that and your heart – if nothing else – will leap with joy.

If a lame man would leap at getting the use of his legs, how much more ought you and I to leap at having our souls redeemed? – Jim MacIntosh

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