Begging or Claiming

I wonder if the cripple who was begging at the Gate Beautiful in Acts 3 thought this was an appropriate name for it. Apparently it was a large bronze-sheathed gate elsewhere called Nicanor Gate, leading from the court of the Gentiles to the court of women. To this poor man it was just the best place to beg. Having been carried there each day by his friends he would hopefully scan the faces of those passing by. His only thought was begging not healing.

There must be times when we are just scrabbling round in the dust when we could be reaching for the stars. Our God has control and ownership of everything which He longs to share with us. May we gladly receive His gifts.