Imagine being bedridden and paralyzed for eight years! It must have seemed like a lifetime for Aeneas. However, his life was about to change. Peter went through parts of the country and stopped off at Lydda where Aeneas was. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that Peter actually went looking for Aeneas or it could be that someone told him about him. The point is, he found Aeneas and he said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.”
Aeneas responded in faith. He immediately got up. I can imagine him dancing and leaping with joy like the lame man whom Peter and John healed at the gate (Acts 3:1-10).
Peter made it clear to Aeneas that it was Jesus who healed him, not Peter. When we reach out and help someone or minister to them, it is imperative that they know that what they have received is from God, not us. We are but vessels through whom He works wonders. So, Peter gave the credit where it was due. The word, the touch and the name of Jesus bring healing.
When the people in Lydda and Sharon saw that Aeneas was no longer paralyzed, they turned to the Lord. Our ministry should lead people to the Lord.
When God does something wonderful in your life, do you give Him the credit? Do you tell others about it? Has the Lord ever used you to lead others to Him? Will you tell someone today that faith in the name of Jesus will bring healing, peace, joy and hope? All of these things Aeneas received that day when, in faith he was able to walk again.