October 26, 2012

Food For Heart, Oct. 26

"O taste and see that the Lord is good." -- Psalms 34:8

Sherrie Lambert,
The Express-Star

— (Acts 3: 2) And a certain man lame since his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple. 3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John said, Look on us. 5) And he gave heed unto them expecting to receive something of them. 6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and immediately his feet and anklebones received strength. 8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

It is not likely that Peter and John came to the Temple to pray and had no money at all in their possession. In fact, Peter didn’t say he had no money, what he said was he had no silver or gold. A less poetic phrasing of this verse might be, “ I don’t have a million dollars, but ‘silver and gold’ is not what you are needing. What I have is worth so much more, and I want to share it with you.”

It’s not a stretch to imagine Peter knew no amount of money would change this mans life, and certainly not the few bronze coins they may have possessed for an offering. Peter knew this man needed what he possessed an abundance of … an intimate knowledge of a miracle-working Savior, the value of which is priceless.

As a Believer how many times have you encountered a heartbreaking situation and said to yourself, “I wish there was something I could do?” What we see breaks our hearts and floods us with pity, but we feel helpless to do anything. We even begin a mental inventory of what we possess and inevitably come up short of what we feel is needed to correct the wrong we observe.

“If I were rich … if I had silver and gold, I’d start a home for abused children … addicts … council troubled teens … feed starving children.” The list is endless, because the needs are countless, and the desire is genuine, because it originates out of Godly love.

The problem lies with the Believer thinking that possessing ‘silver and gold’ is what would make the difference in a hurting world. Money is merely a quick fix. It’s a drink of water not the well … a piece of bread not the field of wheat. What the lame man asked for was simply a means to help him continue to exist the way he had all his pitiful life, but God wanted to CHANGE his life, not just EXTEND his existence.

What do you have that you received from God and are willing to share with someone in need? Peace? Hope? Health? Deliverance? Restoration?  Displays of Gods mercy, grace, and wonder working power, are opportunities to witness. As Believers we ought to go around constantly ‘giving God away’ to a hurt and dying world. When we are faced with sickness, bondage, and injustices we should respond with personal examples of the life changing goodness of a true, and faithful loving God. How beautiful to the ears of God our words of personal testimony must be.

When we witness to others about Jesus, we are in fact telling them there is hope when they feel the situation hopeless. Acts 10:34 tells us, “ of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of person.” In other words, what God has done for me He will do for you.

Money can never be more than a temporary fix to a situation. However, one touch from God can and will change someone’s life for eternity. “ Silver and gold have I none … but let me tell you about the miracle working love of Jesus!”

You are always welcome at the House of the Lord, 12th & Oregon, on Sundays at 11 a.m.