Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you have nothing to offer? Every once in a while, I am put in situations that require some handiwork, specifically with cars or house projects. Let me make this clear on the front end: I’m probably the least handy guy I know. I like completing hands-on projects and feeling handy, but I never really grew up doing those things. If you asked me to help change your oil or to help you build a piece of furniture, I would absolutely be consulting Google first, and then probably still have issues getting it done efficiently. The point is that I sometimes feel helpless and useless. What could I offer to people that need help with these projects?
A somewhat similar instance happens to Peter and John in this passage. Here we have a lame beggar who is set in the gate of the temple so that he can ask for alms (charitable donations) so that he may continue to meet his basic needs like food and water. In response to this, Peter says “I don’t have money to give to you, but I will wholeheartedly give you what I have. In Jesus name, walk!” (paraphrasing verse 6). And the man was immediately healed!
Now, a lot of us may not be spiritually gifted in healing, but we can still learn a lot from Peter’s example. Where can you put your gifts and talents to be a blessing to others? If you don’t feel like your gifting would allow you to volunteer with the worship team, in what ways can you still bless the church? The college ministry? Students? Kids? As Peter states in verse 12, it is not by our own power or righteousness that blessings and miracles happen, so be willing to allow God to use you. It may be in a way that is unexpected and ultimately greater.
By: Tyler Monroe — Worship Ministries Intern