Share What You Have
In this season where giving is emphasized, I have been thinking a lot about what I have been able to give, as well as the times where I’ve felt like I had nothing to offer.
If I’m really honest, there has been a number of times I have looked at a dire situation, or stood before a person who is deeply hurting, and been overwhelmed with the reality that I have nothing to offer them that will really help them. That feeling, really stinks.
It is in those very same moments, that I’ve prayed my most sincere and raw prayers. Usually sounding something like, “God, I have absolutely nothing to give, and they so desperately and obviously in need of something from You.” Friends, can I tell you, those prayers, in those moments have taught me some of my most powerful lessons.
Consider this amazing story of Peter and John, found in Acts chapter 3.
Acts 3:1-10 One afternoon Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those entering the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple, he asked them for money. Peter looked directly at him, as did John. “Look at us!” said Peter. So the man gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But 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!” Taking him by the right hand, Peter helped him up, and at once the man’s feet and ankles were strengthened. He sprang to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and leaping and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
This man was begging for money, and there is nothing wrong with that, there is likely no other way he could have lived this long without doing just that. What I want us to focus on, is Peter and John’s response. This man asked for something… something they didn’t have, something they couldn’t help them with. Yet, they didn’t walk away offering nothing. They saw past what they could do, they saw past even what the man was asking for. They moved from a platform where a natural request was being made, and a natural inability to meet that need was being exposed; and they stepped into a supernatural encounter.
Why do I share this? Sometimes we encounter a need we can’t meet. That isn’t necessarily bad news. Perhaps WE have nothing to offer, but we have SOMONE living in us that has so much to offer them.
Let’s not get stuck and discouraged in having nothing to offer, instead, let’s share what we do have, or rather, Who we have!