Woven throughout the Bible is the message of God’s redeeming work. Life is wrought with trouble, but by God’s grace we get a second chance at life.
There was a crippled man who begged for handouts at the temple gate. In a moment, his life was changed forever.
One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them. Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked. The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God. Acts 3:1-8 The Message
Something happened here that is the key to receiving a second chance. The man looked up! He looked beyond Peter to Jesus, who alone is able to redeem and restore.
Don’t look back, look up – Many of us miss our second chance because we are always looking back at past mistakes and regrets. Looking back keeps you stuck in the past. Looking up will help you move forward.
Don’t look down, look up – When we fail, we tend to lower our sites. We don’t dream like we used to. We stop thinking big. We look down and we feel down. Looking up will renew our purpose.
Don’t look in, look up – People who are discouraged about life often keep their focus inward. They look inside and see everything they lack. Looking up will impart strength.
Don’t look around, look up – When we look around we see our own mistakes and the mistakes of others. We see the challenges and accidents that take place in a fallen world. But if we find the courage to look up, we’ll see that God can take our mess and make something beautiful.
Don’t look back or down or in or around, look up to the God of the second chance.