1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.
3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.
4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”
5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts3.1-8
The temptation for Peter to make something of this for himself was a strong one. He could become famous in the capital city as a healer. His name would be well known. He could, possibly, make considerable financial gain if he was careful in planning his future, spelling the end to the fishing business in Galilee. But Peter would have none of it. This was Jesus’ doing. Peter had been but an instrument in the hands of his Master.
It looks as though Peter thought about this subject a great deal. Christians are bestowed with gifts by God in order that God may be glorified. Writing at a later period, he would say:
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:10–11)
Our chief end in all of life is to glorify God!
Derek Thomas sermon on Acts 3:11-26