After Peter healed a disabled man at the gate called Beautiful, crowds of people swelled around the apostles as though they were superheroes of the supernatural. They could have taken full advantage of the situation, drawing attention to themselves, but Peter chose to deflect the applause away from John and he.
“Don’t look at us; look to Jesus,” Peter said in so many words. “We are not Cape Crusaders of the cross of Christ; we are merely servants of the living God” (Acts 3:11-13).
It takes an inner core of strong character to resist a crowd that wants to exalt you. But Peter reveals his true north when he gives Jesus Messiah the proper credit for healing the man.