Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Daily Word August 23, 2011

"I have no silver and gold..." (Acts 3:6a)

As we discussed on Sunday, chances are that Peter and John had money, or at the very least had money available to him.  After all, the new testament church was "having all things in common" and Peter was the lead pastor.  John came from a fairly wealthy family.  But money was not the issue.  It would have been easy for them to flip a coin into his basket, but instead they saw the real need, not what he was simply asking for.  They knew that a few coins will help in the moment, but miss the real opportunity to display the power of God.  Not only this, but of the 10 temple gates, only this particular gate (the Beautiful Gate) was without gold.  It wass made of Corinthian bronze.  It is possible that Peter was telling this man, "silver and gold are not what make you valuable...You can be beautiful without those things."

Here's the challenge - I need to look past, on a consistent basis, that which people are asking for and see what they really need, the power of God experienced through the gospel!  It is easy to meet a benevolent need, it is difficult (or so it seems) to take the time to really get to the heart of that need.

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