In Acts 3, we read about a crippled beggar who sat daily at the temple gate called Beautiful. One day, the apostles Peter and John were entering the temple and as always this man asked for money, but little did he know that he was about to receive something even greater.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 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!”7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. (Acts 3:4-8, NLT)
Let's face it, we live in a world full of needs. There are the poor, sick and homeless in every nation under heaven. People are suffering and dying. A lot of times we look at money as the solution, but in this scripture we see the true answer to EVERY need - Jesus.
Now dont get me wrong, money is a powerful resource and if we have it, we should give cheerfully as the Lord leads us. However, as a believer in Jesus Christ we possess something even more powerful than money, something that has the power to bring wholeness; the power to TRULY change lives.
Peter and John literally had no money, therefore they immediately introduced this man to the heavenly gift of Jesus that they possessed. For you and I, this passage is a reminder that although money Is useful, it should never be a substitute for sharing Christ. The man at the gate thought that it was money that he wanted and/or needed; however, he ended up being introduced to the name above every other name, the only name under heaven with the power to SAVE. Although a lot of times people feel that they just need more money or more things, what they actually need is Jesus. It is our job to share this gift with the world, if we don't then who will?
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! (Matthew 10:8, NLT)