Day 19 - Friday, January 27, 2023
“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I just had more, I’d be able to do so much for Jesus.” The more doesn’t have to be financial, but it can be. The more doesn’t have to be position, but it can be. The more is simply the feeling of limits and lack. God wants to use you to do greater things than you ever have. The key is to reframe your limits and your lack.
Sometimes the key to doing everything God has for you is found in the limits of what you do not have. Peter and John are on their way to the temple on the day designated. As they are walking, they pass a man asking them for money. Based on Peter’s response we see a desire to help them but no ability to help the man’s current reality. God had other plans. He didn’t put Peter and John in this man’s path on this particular day to meet his current reality but to change his entire life. The limits of Peter and John actually opened the door to give the man more than he could have ever asked for, but it was exactly what he needed.
Having no money Peter still engaged the man. His lack didn’t disqualify him from making an impact. It was quite the opposite. His lack allowed Peter to give the man exactly what he had. See the man was begging because he couldn’t walk. Because he couldn’t walk the man couldn’t work. He was living day by day in a situation that required him to beg for his existence hoping someone would give him enough for that day. Peter gave the man Jesus, and in giving him Jesus the man got healed. The man ran, leaped, and jumped. He went from a bench player to a track star. Why? Because of what Peter didn’t have.
Don’t look at your lack as limitations but instead as the key to a door that gives people what they really need. Instead of looking at what you can’t do, how you can’t live, how you can’t…instead give them Jesus. Watch people go from bench players to track stars.