As I’m reading Acts, I stop at chapter 3 where Peter and John are going up to the temple for the hour of prayer.
As they’re walking by, they noticed a lame man begging for alms at the temple gate. Perhaps they had seen this man daily, but on this particular day he caught their eye and asked them for money.
Here’s the part that got my attention, “Silver and gold have I none,” Peter said, reaching out his hand to the man, “but such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
As I read those words, I thought of my own life. How money’s been tight during this world-wide pandemic, and how many of us have lost the ability to give in the way that we used to.
More so than that, I was struck by the words, “but such as I have give I thee.” What they gave him that day was so much better than what he was hoping to get. And so, I got to thinking, what do I have to offer? If not gold and silver, then what can I give?
I was reminded of effort and time, compassion and care. I was reminded of good works and ministry, passion and prayer. I was reminded of the widow’s offering in Matthew chapter 12, and how she richly gave with the few pennies she had.
And finally I was reminded of Paul who said,
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. (2 Corinthians 6:10, KJV)
And so my friend, I want to remind you today to never stop giving regardless of how much or how little you have. Give from the heart, not from the head. Don’t focus on how you can’t give, trust God for the increase and give in the many ways that you can.
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Read the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41-44. Give generously in ways that you can.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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