Acts 3:1-4 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to begf from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Something changes when you look someone in the eye, doesn't it? We often read a story like this and we fixate on what we have determined to be the main point… the healing. By God's power working in an through him, Peter physically heals this man who had been lame since birth and, while I would agree that this is the focal point of the story, I would also argue that the healing began in verse 4 as Peter and John looked "straight at him." They looked him in the eye. Hundreds of people walked by this man everyday. Some probably glanced in his direction — enough to toss a few coins in his cup. Others looked at him just enough to know to move to the other side of the road. Others may have looked at him, but not with eyes of love or hope or healing. They looked at him with judgment and condemnation, because surely his sins (or the sins of his family… reflective of the common belief of the day) must be great if he finds himself in this situation. But Peter and John looked him in the eye. They saw him as a person. They saw him as a child of God — one of the family. So they looked him in the eye. They stood on equal ground. And he was healed.
Who do I normally step over? Who can I look in the eye today?