Devotional 22nd February 2018
The Empowering Treasure
“Then Peter said: ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus - walk.’ Taking him by the hand he helped him up and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.” Acts 3:1—16 (NIV)
Today I feel the Lord wants to excite and challenge us about the wonderful resources He has given us to do His works.
This story in Acts is dynamic, a miracle of heart transformation that can give hope to us all. Peter has discovered that he has an incredible treasure within him, giving him a security and assurance previously unknown, despite all his fire and passion when Jesus was there with them. What is that treasure? It’s the knowing that he is loved by Jesus and that love is true and real, embracing him despite his weaknesses. Even though he failed, Jesus’ call on his life remains. It’s as if Peter has stepped into a different place in a beautiful garden. It has the same view, but now he is in the sunshine, not the shade and everything looks and feels different. Instead of reactions of impetuosity as the situation unfolds, we see the maturity of Peter’s new standpoint. He neither rushes in nor away when the man first accosts him. Instead: “Peter looked straight at him” and then asked the man to “look at us”. In that short pause, Peter made an inner choice to listen above everything else for the heart of Jesus. Out of that choice the certainty of conviction: “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you" – and the resulting miracle.
Do you know the treasure you have in Jesus? Have you allowed him to fill that fearful place deep within you? Peter acknowledged what he didn’t have but then moved on and took hold of his true resources.
I am always so aware of my weaknesses. I can make my deafness a mountain or my childhood struggles, but Jesus calls me to listen for his word and as I do he does wonderful things, touching peoples’ lives with healing power.
You and I are weak but He calls us Beloved and gives us the treasure of His presence. Let’s live in the sunshine of his empowering.
Lord Jesus, thank you that you have called me to do the works of your kingdom. Help me, like Peter, to live from a different centre. Not out of what I don’t have, but out of the joy of who you are and what you have put within me.