TUESDAY, AUGUST 31
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 3:6 (NLT)
There is a story about a humble monk walking with a Roman Catholic cardinal at a time in the Middle Ages when the Roman Catholic church was at its zenith of power, prestige and wealth. The cardinal pointed to the opulent surroundings and said to the monk, “We no longer have to say, silver and gold I do not have.” The monk replied, “But neither can you say, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Guzik)
The man in Acts 3 had been physically handicapped from birth and had laid at the temple gates begging for years. When he sees Peter and John, he asks them for money. Peter didn’t have money but he gave this man something much more valuable. Peter was poor in worldly goods but rich in heavenly goods (as are all believers). Peter healed this man physically and blessed him spiritually.
Is it true the church lacks power today? There are some things money can’t buy. Our church can and does provide food, clothing and so many other things to our community and those in need. But we have so much more to offer! In what ways have you seen our church physically bless our neighbors? In what ways have you seen our church spiritually bless our community?
2 Corinthians 8:9 reads, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Thank Jesus for leaving the glory of heaven so you could have the riches of heaven.