Reading through the Bible together
One day Peter and John were on the way to the Temple to pray. As they entered in, a crippled man called out to them for alms. They didn’t have money so they could have passed the man by with hopes that someone else would help him. But they didn’t. “We don’t have silver and gold,” they told the man. “But what we do have, we will give you, and that’s Jesus Christ.” Then in the name of Jesus Christ they commanded the crippled man to walk. But they didn’t stop here. They actually took him by the hand and lifted him up, and as they did so (acting in faith), his feet and ankles received their strength, and he began to leap and praise God.
Seeing someone in need, have you ever thought, “Well, I really don’t have anything significant to give. I’ll let someone else who has more, help them out.” But God isn’t asking us for much, He just wants us to give what we have, and that is Jesus. However, as we give Jesus, we should also offer a helping hand. This is the scary part and takes faith. But it’s called putting the gospel in work shoes. If we step outside our comfort zone and exercise more of this practical Christianity, what a difference it will make in our world today!
"By all that has given us advantage over another,—be it education and refinement, nobility of character, Christian training, religious experience,—we are in debt to those less favored; and, so far as lies in our power, we are to minister unto them. If we are strong, we are to stay up the hands of the weak” (The Desire of Ages, p. 440).
As we do this, we will have Holy Spirit success. But we must also remember, as did Peter and John, to keep pointing the glory back to God. “Why look so earnestly on us, as though by our own power and holiness we had made this man to walk?” (vs 12) they said to the surprised crowds. “This isn’t about us. It’s about Jesus. Now repent and be converted, and do likewise” (paraphrase of vs. 19).
Melody (Melodious Echo) Mason
Author, ARME Prayer Ministries Leader