WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE?
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Acts 3:6 Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
History tells us that beggars would be brought daily to sit near the Gate Beautiful entrance. The disciples were most likely out and about their daily business walking where they had walked many times before. This time was different though, while walking past this one man their hearts were suddenly pricked!
The disciples knew that money wouldn’t change his situation. That was only a temporary fix. What this man truly needed couldn’t be bought with all the money in the world. A lasting solution was needed! Peter grabbed from deep down in his heart and spoke to that man words of hope and healing! He pulled that man up and when he did the man went walking and leaping forever changed. The disciples had the greater one on the inside which was 10 times more valuable than all the silver or gold you could imagine.
As a missionary living in developing nations, I come into contact with beggars almost weekly. The need is massive! Here in Lebanon, you will find Syrian refugee children begging on every street corner. One little boy, maybe 7 yrs. old sits at the same traffic light day in, day out playing only with a plastic bag that he has found blowing in the littered streets. In Nigeria, when our family drove down the street or went to the market, we would always encounter beggars. One time my kids and I rushed to get into our vehicle to only be surrounded with beggars pounding on the windows. I’ll never forget that day.
In order to make sure they were not experiencing a roller coaster of guilt because of the great need we saw continually, I let them know they must give the gift that is greater!
I knew that I needed to continue to cultivate compassion in the hearts of my children, however, I also didn’t want them to be taken advantage of. A few guidelines we put in place were: 1. We were only obligated to give if we were pricked in our hearts by the Lord not because of emotion. 2. The beggar must be visibly disabled and couldn’t work another way. 3. We should always pray for those that were less fortunate than we were knowing that our prayers will help them. 4. Most importantly, I wanted them to realize our greatest help to them is to do what God called us as a family to do – That greater gift!
I, like the disciples, must give from what I have. The best way I can make a difference to the many beggars I see is to continue sharing the Good News with their Nation and this will revolutionize their Nation, government, families and children!
What DO YOU HAVE to give today?