This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
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.” (Acts 3:6)
The man had been crippled since birth. Everyday someone would carry him to the temple where he would sit and beg. “Alms for the poor cripple” he’d mutter as people would walk past him on their way into the temple to worship God. He was a “fixture” at the temple. People were aware of him and had grown used to his “call”, but they didn’t “see” him.
And so, it was at the hour of prayer, that Peter and John made their way into the temple, and this time they “saw” the man. Peter hadn’t come to the temple to give his “tithe”, so he didn’t have any coins on him. He, like John, had come to pray. Some of us might have walked right past the man, careful not to make eye contact. I might have told myself, “Well I don’t have anything to give to this man”. But Peter knew he had more to give than just money.
Peter had seen the risen Christ. Peter had experienced forgiveness, true forgiveness. Peter had been filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peter had something to give the man. He gave him something that would change his life. He gave him Jesus.