As I was reading the Word this morning, a commercial popped into my head. It’s the Capital One credit card commercial. The actor, Alec Baldwin, was the main character, and the question that was always asked was, “What’s in your wallet?” Of course, what they wanted to hear was their credit card was in your wallet and readily usable at any given moment.
I know, I know, I really do think of some pretty weird things when I’m reading the Word, but I just couldn’t shake that scene nor could I forget those words when I read this…
“The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, ‘I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have.’” Acts 3:6 CEV
Let me fill in the blanks for you. The Bible tells us it was 3:00 p.m. and Peter and John were heading to the temple, because it was time to pray. At the temple there was a man, by the gate of the temple, who was dropped off every day because he couldn’t walk. All day long he sat at the gate trying to catch a sympathetic heart who would give me some food, or some money. This wasn’t about pride, it was totally about survival. He wanted to live and he found out the best place to do that was by the church doors where he would find religious people who would give him a hand.
“Give him a hand,” was exactly what he got the day Peter and John showed up. When they arrived, this paralyzed man unashamedly ask them for money. They saw the man… they heard the man… they even asknowledged the man. They told him, “Look at us!” The Bible then says, “The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something.” (Acts 3:5 CEV). He was going to get something alright. More than had ever thought. Peter said,
“‘In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.’ Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up.” Acts 3:6-7 CEV
Next thing you know, this guy is running and jumping all over in the temple, probably with the biggest smile on his face, laughing hesterically, and people are stunned because they’ve only known him as the disabled beggar.
So let me ask you… what’s in your wallet? Peter didn’t have anything… as a matter of fact, he probably didn’t even have a wallet. But he had something far more valuable. His faith in Jesus Christ.
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Who in your world needs someone, like you, to reach out and help them up. I’m not talking about what you don’t have… I’m talking about what you do have – your faith in the Son of God and the Son of Man – His name is Jesus.
Help me give away that which You have given to me – my faith! In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen