Daily Devotion, 03/15/2019, “No Silver or Gold Required”
Acts 3:1-6 NIV
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Maybe you can relate to Peter and John in their encounter with the lame man. You have a good heart and you’d love to help everyone you possibly can but the reality is that your “silver and gold” are in short supply. The person needing the assistance may not even realize it at the time but their greatest need is not for “silver and gold,” their greatest need is for an encounter with and a touch by the living God. That’s something we can all give to them without costing us a cent. We just need to have the discernment, faith and courage to allow God to work through us.
In verse 12, Peter addresses the “astonished” people who saw the miracle saying, “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Peter didn’t heal the lame man personally nor did his own goodness and godliness make the healing possible. It was absolutely all God. All Peter did was allow Holy Spirit to open his eyes to what He wanted to do through him and then simply give Holy Spirit the opportunity to do it. We can all do that.
May you discern the greatest needs of those in your circle today and may you discern what Holy Spirit wants to do through you to meet them. May you take the risk and have the faith to let God touch them through you. You are loved!