“…or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?” – Peter (Acts 3:12)
The nature of Peter’s question reveals that he never considered himself as the source of the miracle just performed. He is only giving what he has received. He has no concern about his role in the work. He did not ask, “What if I cannot do it?” or say “Look what I did!” He is perfectly assured of the power of God working through him and is perplexed by the questions of onlookers.
This is precisely where many of us go wrong. We believe we must be the source of the works of God and as such we trust in ourselves instead of His power. We desire for people to be astonished by our power and our piety. The words of Peter remind us that a focus on our ability will not yield true spiritual fruit.
Peter’s simple question also reminds us that onlookers will always wonder at the power of God manifested in his people. They will look for character traits that make them different. They will not see clearly. The servant of God, the conduit of His love and power, must always be prepared to articulate the true Source of spiritual power.
When we begin to see God work through our lives, we must ask, just as Peter does, “Why on earth do you believe this good comes from me?”