What I Do Have I Give

What I Do Have I Give

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“I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.”

These are the words of Peter to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple.

I began to think about these words yesterday, and to think about the lame man and about Peter and John. What did Peter and John have? They had what the lame man didn’t have. They had what the lame man needed. And they knew they had it.

So, what?

Let’s go back to the evening of the day that Mary met Jesus again after his resurrection. The disciples are still locked in a room, fear gripping them. They’ve heard what Mary has said, but they are still afraid. Just as we can be at times, they are locked up and desperately in need of Jesus.

Jesus appears to them. He says to them, “Peace be with you.” We’re then told that,

“when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

This is an amazing scene. It reminds us of the first time the breath of life was breathed into man at creation. Just as then, man was in need of life. And Jesus, the Life, breathes upon them and Life enters them. They receive Jesus himself. As Adam received the Divine Life, so the disciples received the Divine Life. Things would never be the same again.

Let’s jump forward again to Peter and John and their encounter with the lame man. This man asks for something. Peter replies, “Look at us.” This is a call to pay attention, to focus. To be single minded in the face of all the distraction around him. Somethings going to happen!

We’re told,

“he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.”

The man expected to receive something. But Peter and John didn’t have something for him. Let me take you back to the start of this writing.

What did Peter and John have? They had what the lame man didn’t have. They had what the lame man needed. And they knew they had it.

They had Jesus himself.

Jesus had breathed life into them, he became one with them. The man received Jesus.

People are looking for something. Quite often we will seek to meet their needs with things. They look for something because that’s what people do. It’s what we know. It’s not in our understanding that we should be looking for someone. Until we find him.

Has Jesus breathed his Life into us? Have we received him? Do we have what others don’t have? Do we have what others need?

And most importantly. Do we know we have it? Do we know we have Jesus himself?

If we know, we can say to them,

“I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.”

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