Arise and get busy

Acts Bible Background

06.30.2016 New Testament: Acts 9.32–35

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 9.23–43 on June 30, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord, His prophets, and His apostles never healed anyone so that they might live as lazy people served by others. Watch Peter in action and listen to what he said to a man,

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord (Acts 9.32–35). 

Others served Aeneas for eight years, enough time for him to get use to having others do things for him. However, when Peter healed the man, he said to him, “Arise and make your bed.” Aeneas would have to start caring for himself.

Likewise the Lord blesses you, but not that you may sit back and do nothing. He wants you active in ministering to others.


  • How do you serve others?
  • Do others serve you more than you serve others?

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