Overthrowing the Mark of Limited Expectations


Acts 3 is a story of needs and expectations. It begins Peter and John on their way to the temple because it was the hour of prayer. Take a moment to read the story in Acts 3:1-9.


And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried,

whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,

to ask alms from those who entered the temple.

Acts 3:2


Will you go with me to the gate of the temple called Beautiful? What was the man at the gate doing? He was laying at the gate and asking for alms. Let’s say that it is the hour of prayer for us as well, and let’s connect with the lame man. Our connection point is this; we all are like him, in need of something.


Now, take a moment to think about this. What is it that you need? What are you hoping for?


Limited Expectations

As the lame man stretched his right hand up to Peter hoping that he would fill it, Peter said to the lame man, “Look at us.”

And the Scripture says,

“So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.”

Acts 3:5


I love that this man had needs and expectations. He expected that Peter and John would put something in his outstretched hand to help him through a day or maybe two. Maybe he even hoped they would give him something to help him throughout an entire week. But what the man received was above and beyond his expectations. His expectations were for a temporary fix, but Jesus over threw the mark of the lame man’s expectation. And in that instant his life was changed.


That is really what Jesus came to do in all of our lives, overthrow the mark of our expectations. Jesus gives us His purpose statement in John 10:10 when He said, “I have come that they have life more abundantly.”


  • The word life in original Greek language speaks of someone possessed of vitality or animate, of the absolute fullness of life. It speaks of this full life in relation to our life here and now as well as eternal life.
  • The word abundantly in the original Greek language means, to over throw a set mark.


The mark that Jesus set was the absolute fullness of life, yet He set Himself to overthrow His own set mark. Jesus came that we would experience life above and beyond our expectations.


Overthrowing the Mark of Limited Expectations


Don’t miss how LONG this man had been lame. Since his mother’s womb… a LIFETIME. This man faced an impossible situation. The longer we have been in a situation the more impossible it seems, the more we accept it as our fate, and the more we believe the lie that there is nothing that can be done.  Our situation is impossible. This man hoped for and expected a TEMPORARY fix to his “impossible” situation; however, he experienced LIFE CHANGE.


What impossible situation do you need God to change? We may have to believe beyond all we have ever known.


Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you:

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

Acts 3:6


Then Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately he leapt up, stood, and walked for the first time in his life. Jesus changed everything.


What is it you are hoping for? Is it something to help you get through another day? Jesus offers so much more. Trust in Jesus to use the circumstances in your life to over throw the mark of your expectations and experience the amazing life change that only Jesus can give.


Hear my 3 minute radio feature of Acts 3:1-9.



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