Now 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 going into the temple courts…Taking him by the right hand, he [Peter] helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. -Acts 3:2&7
The lame man had someone to carry him each day to the gate. They may have been family or friends, possibly nice people, good people, those that felt sorry for him or worse, those that might exploit him. In a place called “Beautiful,” he must have felt that this was the best life he could achieve.
It took a Christian to introduce him to the possibility of a different life, a new life – not necessarily easier, but one that would finally offer something beyond that gate. Peter didn’t “put” him down and leave as others did, but took him by the hand and helped him up. It wasn’t until after Peter reach out to him that the weak man became strong.
The power of God only came through the connection of Christ. There are many around us who don’t realize they are living as beggars at the gate, carried along by their “friends,” thinking their crippled life is beautiful. It is up to us to reach out and help them walk through the gates to a truly magnificent life.