Read: Acts 3:1-7
Peter and John are heading to the temple to pray. On their way, they ran into a lame man who was begging for money. Peter and John ministered to this man out on the street and it resulted in a great spiritual awakening with many would-be Christ-followers. Have you ever taken the time to recognize how many times God shows up “on the way”? That is, as an interruption to our normal schedules? Peter and John were following a ritual of heading to the church to pray, meet with God, and be with other devout Jews. As an interruption to their expected walk, they ran into a setup by God. It’s interesting how so many people have come to expect God to show up during our “spiritual times.” You know, during the sermon, the prayer time, the Bible study, or the worship service. That’s where he heals us, teaches us, speaks to us, comforts us, or guides us…at least that’s what we think.
Yet, the scriptures give us a very different picture. People got healed out on the streets. Non-Christians saw the power of the early communities and encountered Christ around tables, while sitting on a hill listening to him teach, walking with him on a road, standing on a shore, or while getting some water at a well. Many of the most powerful stories happened “along the way.” In most cases, Jesus and the people that followed him met others in the context of their normal lives. God showed up in the middle of real life. Incarnation speaks to our posture, our timing, and how much of our time we give people before we ever share biblical truths with them. To be incarnational, therefore, means that we must begin where Jesus began with us: OUT THERE! WITH PEOPLE! ALONG THE WAY!