by K Neill Foster
for November 20, 2018
|Silver and Gold We Have|
Text: "Then 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'" Acts 3:6.
The man was crippled from birth, as many I have seen in various countries of the world. People like this, often lacking the social safety net seen in developed countries of the West, are forced to beg. I have seen them on all fours, using blocks of wood instead of shoes, moving across the public square --desperate every day. People get to know them. They are recognized for their deformities. They are public figures in a world that only marginally cares for them.
The man at the temple gate was one of these --desperate and dependent --waiting and hoping. Peter steps into the scene offering not money, but dramatic supernatural healing! Like a calf let out in the spring, the man began walking and leaping. Who could blame him?
Such healing still happens today, though rarely. Instead, we have our pitiful funds, our benevolent offerings --a little bit so often begrudgingly given. What would happen if today needy ones, such as the crippled man at the gate, would see a hand stretched out in faith and hear from us the apostolic command?