Most people love to help those in need.
But often we can feel so overwhelmed by the need we don’t know where to start, and will either end up doing nothing at all or feeling guilty about the little we did do.
I wonder if Peter and John felt the same way as they approached the lame man begging at the temple every day. Peter and John weren’t doctors or counsellors, and they certainly didn’t have enough money to pay for his rehab let alone his living expenses. As they approached the temple this day, he asked them for some money:
‘The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have” – Acts 3:5-6
No matter how compelling the man’s cry for help was, they simply couldn’t give him what they didn’t have. However this didn’t stop the generosity flowing from their hearts, as they promised to ‘give him what they did have’.
So they gave him the greatest gift he could have hoped for:
“In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then 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. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them’ (3:6-8)
When it comes to helping others or taking hold of the dreams God has given us, we will often be confronted with the feeling that what we have or who we are isn’t enough. We look at the need ahead and measure it against our financial or emotional bank account’s and realise we fall far short of what’s required to make a difference.
However as we learn from Peter, we can be confident that all God requires of us is to simply ‘give what we have’. God is most interested in a heart surrendered to His Whisper – and as we follow His leading by ‘giving what we have’, He add’s His supernatural to our natural to see the need met in ways we could never imagine!
Never doubt God’s intentionality in positioning you right where He needs you to be in this season – and that all He asks of you right now is to ‘give what you have’ – no more, and no less!