“…but what I have I give you. “

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’”  (Acts 3:6; NIV; see entire chapter).

In the story a lame man is begging for money. Peter and John were there for the set time of prayer. Peter tells him that while he doesn’t have what the man wants, he does have something which ends up being much more. That in Jesus’ name he is to walk, no less. And then and there Peter helps him to his feet so that indeed he does walk, his lameness gone. More than walking:

“Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.” (3:8b; NIV).

The Lord has the power to heal now and we look forward to the healing to come in the resurrection. But he gives his servants all kinds of blessings to share with others. Especially the spiritual blessings which are ours in him (see Ephesians 1:3), shared by our witness and proclamation of the good news of Jesus. In Jesus we are indeed blessed and called to be a blessing. We may not know how until the occasion arises as was the case with Peter and John. But the Lord will give us the insight we need as we continue on in his way, in devotion to him.

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