Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6
There is a powerful statement in the midst of this powerful act that we probably most often miss. Peter heals this man and leads to great opportunity for sharing of the Gospel and to many more salvations and even to persecution for speaking the name of Jesus Christ boldly.
Most often when I read through a verse like this I think, “God, I wish you would do things like that today. I wish you would use me that way.”
This morning, though I read it and something different jumped out at me. This is a theme that God is speaking very consistently to me and through me right now. It is a real issue that we as Christians of today must face. Perhaps it jumped out because I went back through Chapter 8 of Crazy Love last night and considered what the life of a person obsessed with Jesus would look like and realized mine falls far short of it.
The statement that jumped out was “what I have I give you.” WOW!
Are you a person that sees great need in another person’s life and says, “What I have I give you”?
The problem for Americans is that we would have to say this, “Silver and gold I do have, and what I have I give you.” And most of us are simply unwilling to say that.
Instead we say, “Silver and gold I don’t have enough of, so what I have I do not give you. But in the name of Jesus, be…well be…”
Will God ever give all he has to give through you while you do not give all you have?