What Do I Have?

Tim Savage

"Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, "Look at us!" The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!" (Acts 3:4-6)
This passage brings back fond memories of a catchy little tune we used to sing when I was little. It went, "He went walking and leaping and praising God, walking and leaping and praising God. In the name of Je-e-sus Chri-i-i-st of Nazareth rise up and walk!"

Much of Acts talks about Peter and John using their gifts to glorify Jesus and spread the gospel. They might not have had money to give the poor, lame beggar, but what they did have, they shared with him, and that sharing led to an opportunity to tell others about Jesus. What is it that God has gifted us with, that we can use to bring people closer to Christ? Few of us have a highly developed gift of public speaking like some pastors, few can sing as well as a worship leader, or play an instrument or act or dance…you get the idea. But, what has God given each of us? Position, influence, relationship, family, friends, neighbors? That we can use to glorify Him?

I was with a friend of mine watching our sons play a tennis match and we were talking about church. He said that he doesn't have many opportunities to tell people about the Lord, but felt an urgency to do more. Then he told me about an older man that he knew through work who was chronically ill and, although he wasn't in danger of dying immediately, he knew that he didn't have a lot of time left. This guy was old and grouchy and not exactly the kind of person you'd find in church, but, because they were friends he (my friend) could talk to him about Jesus and invite him to church. I knew that God had orchestrated that meeting because there are so many out there who will not be swayed by those that they don't know. How else would this old man have made it to church? He wouldn't have responded or trusted someone that he didn't trust. My friend used the gift that God gave specifically to him; he took that opportunity and made the most of it. He had to take a risk, open himself up and be vulnerable in order to share the Lord with this guy.
God will give us opportunities to spread His word if we use the gifts and talents He gave to us. We aren't all gifted "up-front" people, God didn't design it that way. He meant for us all to do our part. You might not be able to reach people that I can, but I can't reach the people that you can. Together, we can reach more for Him. We may not all have silver or gold, but such as I have, give I thee – "…in the name of Je-e-sus Chri-i-i-st, of Nazareth rise up and walk!"
Dear Heavenly Father,

May I be bold in using the gifts that You've given me. May I use them to the fullest potential. I want to be that servant who multiplied the talents left to him by his master and was told, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." In Jesus name,


Devotions for October 14

Nehemiah 11,12
Psalms 1
Acts 3

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