What Can I Possibly Do?
I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. Acts 3:6
Every morning, while drinking my coffee, I pray for those whom I know to be struggling in active addiction. I used to pray that God would cause some painful consequence for them, because that’s what it took for me to embrace radical change. That seemed vindictive and harsh though, so now, I simply ask that God would do whatever it takes to cause those in addiction to find faith and recovery.
I’m not sure exactly what I’m praying for. I imagine God using lightning and a thunderous voice from heaven, but lately, it seems like God is asking me what my part is. I pray that God will do whatever he can, but now, he’s instructing me to do whatever I can. I was hoping for some miraculous intervention, but instead, it’s as if God is asking, “What if you’re my plan?”. I think that’s a terrible plan. God after all, is the one with all the power. I’m nobody. Still though, God asks me to reach out, doing what I can.
Often, we fail to help others either because we don’t think we have anything to offer, or, because we just don’t want to give of our time and effort. Either way, it’s easier to simply pray, asking God to do all the heavy lifting. Jesus made it clear though, that we’re his physical presence here on Earth (1 Corinthians 12:27). Whether we think it’s a good plan or not, we’re Christ’s plan.
In today’s passage, a handicapped man addressed Peter and John, asking for money. Peter replied that he had no money to give, but he would give what he had. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Acts 3:6)! Peter lacked the financial ability to buy this man out of poverty, but he had the gift of healing. So, he gave of what he had to do what he could.
Most of us will never be able to supernaturally heal others. We can all do something for those around us in need though. Maybe it’s a kind word or sitting down for a cup of coffee. Maybe it’s a ride to church. We’re not responsible to change other’s lives, but when we’re obedient, doing what we can with what God has given us, he will move, transforming others through our obedience.