Silver and Gold Have I None

Acts 3:1-6, NLT
Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in… and Peter said, “Look at us!” 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. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Often we think that the only way we can impact the lives of others is through money. With this mindset, we shy away from reaching out to those who are lame; spiritually, physically, emotionally, career-wise, musically, family-wise etc, thinking that all they want from us is our money. Even if that is true, money cannot answer the core problem that led them to being lame. What the lame man at the Gate called Beautiful needed was divine healing and not money to carry him through the day. Peter and John were able to discern that and give him what he needed; not what he wanted.

You may not know but you are the Peter and John to someone out there. You have something in you which is more than silver and gold; you have the Holy Ghost in and at work in you. You have the monarch of the Universe resident in your spirit and that which you have, you can give to someone else. Some of you have been graced with gifts, skills and talents but are only using it for “me, myself and I”. Yet, there are many young people who haven’t been as graced as you who could benefit from your mentorship.

Have you considered wholeheartedly taking on at least 1 person and raising them up in the Lord while helping them develop their talents similar to what God has graced you with? You may be a skilled musician who could mentor an upcoming musician to grow and become the best of who God has made them to be. As a woman, you may be able to mentor younger ladies to know who they are in Christ and to become godly pillars of change in their societies. You may be a Pastor’s wife who can mentor other younger Pastor’s wives to navigate all the challenges that come with being in that role. You may be a gifted writer or teacher who can help students with their assignments.

No, they would not take the spotlight from you. Dr. Rev Chris Oyakhilome in HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESS FOR JESUS said “you become a success by making others a success”. Just look beyond yourself and give to others. So what are you waiting for? The ripple effect of mentoring one person spans generations and can change the course of societies and nations.

Silver and gold have I none but such as I have, I will give to you…

2 Comments Add yours

  1. AbbieTN says:

    Give what is needed, not what is wanted..

    Wow! Very thought provoking, thank you!! Just thinking of all that has been given to me through Christ’s death and resurrection, and even from the lives of Christians who’ve been groomed by the Word and power of the Gospel! I will think world-class: outside of myself and my world, share with all around me.. God bless you!:)


  2. Keturah O says:

    Very interesting! We can’t keep quiet about what we have learnt, experienced in life or what we’ve been given. My story is not just life lessons or for growth; my gifts are not for just my satisfaction. They are most importantly to further the kingdom by impacting lives one at a time. Thank you for sharing!


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