One of my favorite sections of the Bible is The Acts of the Apostles, aka the Book of Acts. The accounts of the Day of Pentecost, Stephen’s stoning and Paul’s conversion are powerful and inspiring. Still, one of the things that seemingly fly under the radar is the third chapter, and I think there are a few things to pass on here to readers.
We May Not Have Money, But We Have Jesus
Acts 3 begins with Peter and John going to the temple. A disabled man asks them for alms. Peter looks at the man and, I’m paraphrasing, says, “I don’t have any money, but I have something better.” Peter then tells the disabled man to rise and walk in the name of Jesus Christ.
I am not a rich man. Only God knows if I will end up rich or poor. Thankfully, God gave me a wife that did not marry me for money. I know this because, bless her heart, she handles our finances and pays bills. Regardless, we may not have a lot of money, but we have Jesus.
Some Are Seeking Help From People Other Than Jesus
The disabled man that asked for alms was brought by his friends to the temple on a daily basis. It was at the temple that he, along with his friends, thought he might get the help he needed. While it is good to seek answers from the church house, it is what is inside the church house (Jesus) that can help transform our lives.
We can give the man the benefit of the doubt here and assume that perhaps he and his friends did not know about Jesus. There was, after all, an effort underway to squash the early church on political and religious grounds.
Peter Told People About Jesus
Peter, unconcerned about what, if any ramifications he might receive for spreading the Gospel, told the disabled man about Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, when the disabled man stood, walked and entered with them into the temple while praising God (Acts 3:8), all the people saw him and were filled with wonder and amazement (Acts 3:9-10). At that point, Peter launches into a sermon and gives the Gospel to everyone standing around.
My fellow dads, we all have struggles. Some of those struggles are financial in nature. Others may have health issues. Even so, we have Jesus. Meanwhile, some people do not know about Jesus. Others choose to follow someone other than Jesus. We need to be like Peter and tell others about Jesus, what his ministry, death, burial and resurrection means for all people.
“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6 KJV).