What do You Have?

October 5, 2017

Acts 3:1-10

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

What do You Have?

Often we look around us at all the gifted people and covetously think, “If only I had that gift or that ability I could do such great things for you God.  God wants us to cease from looking at others and realize that He has created us uniquely to be His.  He has created us to do and to give that which He has placed in us.  We may be thinking, “What do I have to give?  I am not anything.”  That is where we are wrong and where we underestimate the power of God in our lives.  You and I can be just as effective as Peter and John if we are submitted to Christ and walking in the power of His Spirit.  There are things in you that you have no idea the impact that they can have on someone’s life.  Sure they may be hidden from view and you may not yet see them, but it doesn’t mean that they are not there.  Never devalue or despise the gift that God has put in you.  If you do that you will never realize its potential and what God wants to do through you.  Rather let us say, “Such as I have, I give you.”  God is just asking that we be faithful with the talent that He has given us and know that he who is faithful over little will be made faithful over much. 

Don’t be discouraged by what you don’t see in your life, but rather ask, “what is it that I have to give and what can I do that would honor the Lord?”  Often it is as we begin to serve the Lord faithfully in general ways that He begins to bring to the surface our particular talents and gifting.  Don’t be concerned about what you feel you don’t have, but just be faithful to give out of what you do have in whatever area that is.   God will give the increase to your faithfulness and obedience.





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