“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you …: (Acts 3:6)
It’s a familiar account recorded by the inspired writer and physician, Luke. It was obvious to all this lame man was just that. Firmly attached to the Jewish way of life was the ‘giving of alms’ for the benefit of those who couldn’t help themselves.
The two apostles, Peter and John, found themselves among the crowd face to face with someone in need … and it was not just a physical need. It was a spiritual need. By the power of the Lord they were able to heal this lame man, but with the power of the gospel they could satisfy his spiritual needs … and they did!
There is a simple but profound lesson among several to be found in this event. Each of us in our own respective families, regardless of size or number, to give the gift of learning more about the wonderful and inspired Word of God!
No one today possesses the miraculous power of healing, but we can all give this gift of family study along with the gift of an exemplary prayer life. Physical gifts have their place and we all enjoy both the giving and receiving.
But the greatest of gifts each of us can give to our families and even to our friends is the gift of encouragement to read from the Book of God that offers us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Sit down together and read together in a reverent and respectful way, but read out loud!
Although you may already be doing these things and you are to be commended for this, may we all determine beginning even now in such a busy season of the year, take the time … make the time to read, meditate and reflect on the powerful, comforting and guiding words of the Lord.
Whether or not you are blessed to have silver and gold to share with others, share the blessings of knowing and communicating with God! You will be glad you did!
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.