Silver And Gold, Have I None

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But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” Acts 3:4-6

A story goes… one day two priests were at the Vatican looking at the marvelous ornate structure with gold inlays. One says, well, we no longer have to say ‘silver and gold, have I none’. The second priest nodded and said ‘but, neither have we the power to say take up thy bed and walk’! Some believe that given enough time and money, all things are possible. To a degree that is true. However, God works beyond both.

In a miraculous, God inspired moment, Peter and John encounter a lame man begging and Peter feels the need to reach out and with a command, lift him to his feat and heal his ankles completely! The man was hoping for a little bit of money, but he got so much more. I think we come to God like that… with one thing on our minds, not realizing what He desires and can offer. Often what He has for us is a transformation and that requires faith, either ours or that of someone else. Of course, all of this occurred because of Jesus, the One God has glorified.

How in tune am I with what God wants in my life? Our my prayers informed by the Spirit of God? Am I thinking money is the answer to everything.

God, as this day begins, may I recognize what’s possible because I have you. I may not have an abundance of silver and gold, but oh, what I have in the name of Jesus. May Your great power and love flow through me today to those who need You more than anything else. Please impart wisdom, energy and insight to help me be effective for You.

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