Acts 3:1-7 (NLT)
1Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
4Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6But 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!”
7Then 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.
Peter gave what he had. He didn’t have money to give to the poor man. What Peter had was better! He had the power to heal the man. Peter was amazing. In Acts 5:15, the Bible suggests that people were healed just by having Peter’s shadow pass over them as he walked by. Now that’s cool!
Peter didn’t have money, but he willingly gave what he had. We are called to do the same thing. What do you have to give? The Bible says we all have gifts to give. Some of the gifts it lists are helping, serving, mercy, hospitality, evangelism, teaching, and leadership. Some people offer their musical skills to help out when we praise God. Some people dance as a way to worship God. Some people put on clown makeup and visit children in the hospital. Some people organize fundraisers. Some people layout this devos sheet for publishing.
What gifts do you have? What are your passions? How can you give back to God by serving others? Pray that God will reveal this to you.
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