What does it mean to enjoy a blessed lifestyle? In many cases, for those of us in America, this gets
translated into a standard of living and the number of things that you have. Your car. Your house. Your
clothes. Your club. Your town.
But I think that the Apostle Peter, after Pentecost, gives us a true example of this: “And a man who was
lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg
from those entering the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple, he asked
them for money. 4 Peter looked directly at him, as did John. “Look at us!” said Peter. So the man gave them
his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 5 But Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none;
but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Rise up and walk!’” Acts 3:2-6
Two things are really cool: Peter tells the man to do two things, first, to look at Peter and second, Rise
and Walk. Two big Aha’s: when people look at us, do they get a glimpse of Jesus? When people listen to us,
are they lifted up by Jesus?
Peter’s example points to the important issue: it isn’t the things that you have, it is the victory that
you demonstrate that translates into the quality of life.
The quality of life is proportional to the quality of victory.
I think Jesus is trying to show us a couple things: being blessed isn’t based upon your inventory of
‘stuff’ at the time, but your position. What I mean by position is your spiritual position. Not even your
emotional, physical or intellectual state. Psalm 91:1 states. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the
most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
By Acknowledging God, it keeps us ‘put.’ Yes, even fashionable.
I use that word not in the sense of New York Fashion, but from a biblical point of view.
Here is the question: Are you fashionable? Are you spiritually agile and resilient to recognize and respond
to the Holy Spirit, to the Word and with the heart of adventure? Or are you stuck in rituals, not
I intentionally avoided saying ‘the heart of love’ – because embedded into love is adventure. When people
fall out of love, they fall out of adventure. Allow me to remind all of us – love, ultimately – is a grand
adventure – in which we join another in the discovery of each other and of life life!
Look at Jesus when he confronted the Ephesian Church in Revelation 2:4, “But I have this against you, that
you have left your first love.”
When Jesus gives them this word of correction saying that they had lost their first love, He wasn’t saying
they didn’t love Him, but it stopped being an adventure.
When love stops being an adventure, it stops being love.