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. (Acts 3:6 KJV)
It was a packed event. The crowd had been with the Lord for days without end, and now it was becoming clear that they were hungry, and there was need to serve them food. When the disciples of the Lord saw that the people were fainting, they came with a proposition to the Lord: SEND THEM AWAY. That is the best thing. We do not have what it takes to feed these people. We do not have what it takes to give them what to eat. Their problems are so great that we can do nothing about it. Send them away, so that they can go to the sellers of bread and buy bread. It was like a joke and to their shock when the Lord replied, “You give them something to eat.” They could not fathom it. We have not enough, we have no money! Where can we get enough food to take care of these people? This is a tall order, and there is nothing we can do about it. It was at that point the Lord turned to them and said, “What do you have?”, and they replied, “Five loaves of bread and two fishes,” and the Lord said, “Bring them to me.” That day, a great miracle was wrought that the disciples never forgot in a hurry. Out of the little which they had, God fed thousands.
And so it was, a few months later, after they had heard the roar from heaven, and had moved into action, Peter was once again put into that position. Walking past the beautiful gate, times without number, he had seen men cast in their hundreds and thousands in assistance to the lame man at the gate. It is possible that many times he had passed through that gate feeling bad that he had nothing to give. He may have wondered at his poverty, and could have wished that the Lord had allowed him to continue his fishing business and at least be earning some income; then, he would have had something to give to this poor beggar. But now, he had nothing to give him…. Or so he thought.
So, with a bowed head, he was about passing that lame man again, who uttered his usual begging slogan, “Anything for a poor crippled, sir. Please help a poor crippled.” As usual, he must have thought in his heart, “I have nothing to give you, poor crippled.” But he sensed a rebuke in his Spirit, for the first time ever. “Peter,” the Holy Spirit called, “do you really mean you have NOTHING. The man is not asking you for money; hear him, he is asking for ANYTHING.” For the first time, it dawned on Peter that what he needed to service a world in need was nothing more than such as he has. Christ lives on the inside of him, the Spirit of the Living God is upon him, and yet he says, “I have nothing”. What an insult! What a libel!
It is a pity when we measure our lives by merely earthly terms, and so we close up at a world in need and simply proclaim that we have nothing. This becomes the root of depression, confusion, anger and all forms of inordinate ambitions fueled by a drive to have something to offer. Yet, we fail to realize that there is that which is on the inside of us which is sufficient to meet a sinking world. We think that the man who has money is king over all, but we fail to realize that life is primarily about having something to offer, and even money flows to a man who has something to offer. If we truly realize that all God needs from us is such as we have, we will stop giving excuses for not contributing our quota in seeing others won to the Lord, and in seeing lives helped.
So, Peter walked up to the man, for the first time in a long while and said, “Look at us!” What a bold statement. How can a man who does not have money ask another person to look at him? How did he even have the boldness to lift up another man’s hope when he has nothing to offer? Peter was sincere. He did not try to show off. “I do not have any money,” he told the man. At this, the man’s face must have fell, because in the deepest of his heart, all he could hope for was money. Many today would have been ashamed to say, “I have no money”, but not Peter and John. Peter said to him, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” (Acts 3:6 CEV)
Permit me to ask, beloved, what do you have? What can you offer a world in need? If you have silver and gold, bring it to the table. If you don’t have silver and gold, don’t you have a word of encouragement? Don’t you have a God to pray to? Such as you have, that is all we need. That is what the world needs. You have no excuse not to give anything. You have no reason to walk away from a needy world. You may not have much silver and gold, but you have One greater than the world who is in you. Christ in You is the hope of glory. Bring that which you have, and let the Lord have it. In the hands of the Lord, it will feed a thousand men.