In our backyard we have a small fenced in area for our dogs. In order for them to play in the fenced area, we have to lead them to the fence, open the gate, and let them in. Sounds simple, right? Yet if we don’t open the gate and let them in, they do not receive any of the benefits that the fence provides.
“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
Here we have a man who was carried daily to the temple gates to beg. Maybe those carrying him didn’t know what else to do but lay him there. Man is limited and there is only so much he can do for you, man can only get you so far.
Christ came so that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. It is time we stop laying at the gates begging. Don’t get comfortable begging, we are not beggars, we are children of the Most High God. It is time to stand up and walk through those gates to the life that Christ has provided for us.
We are supposed to ask our Father for what we need, but we are not supposed to beg for those things. My children ask me for all kinds of things all the time. They approach me boldly and ask, they do not sit outside my door and beg me for them. (Although they have been known to whine a lot, but that is another story.)
Psalm 87 tells us that God loves the gates of Zion, He loves gates where He is worshiped. However, gates of hopelessness, doubt, indecision, lack, disobedience, these types of gates He is unhappy with. It is not the gate that displeases Him, it is the attitude and actions being displayed at the gate.
When you feel crippled, lame, broken, that is when you call out and your Father answers. We will not always get everything we want, but we will get everything we need. His answer is sometimes different than what we might expect, but He always answers. Keep your eyes open for His provision, do not miss what He is offering you.
God loves the gates and He will even meet you there, but at some point you have to get up and walk through those gates. The man in Acts chapter 3 was carried to the gate daily, he didn’t stay there though. He went walking and leaping and praising through those gates.
In a world that complains and focuses on the negative, choose to be full of praise, choose to be thankful. Get up and walk through those gates.