Week 40 Sunday

What We Have

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 3-4

Key Verse: Acts 3:6

“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or Gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’”

What do you have that’s really worth something?

Many of us, if asked that question, quickly start mentally checking the balance of our checkbook register, or the latest statement on our I.R.A., or the most recent assessment on our house.

But that kind of worth – though significant – isn’t the best way to answer that question.

Instead, we should think about who we are – at our core.  We should consider our temperament; our abilities; our unique God-given “gifts” – those things for which we can’t take credit.  We should think about how God has graced us with his love.  We should think about what might change; who might benefit if we were to apply such gifts in God’s service.

That’s where Peter’s mind went when a man, lame from birth, reached out for some alms one day.

Peter wasn’t a rich man – not by the world’s standards.  He had been a simple fisherman.  Now, even that “business” had been put on hold, while we busied himself answering God’s larger call on his life.

He didn’t have a checkbook balance he could check; an I.R.A. statement to review; a recently issued tax assessment courtesy of Rome.  He had love and compassion and, thanks to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the ability to heal.

So what he had to give – he did.

And a man lame from birth walked home that day.

What do you have that’s really worth something?

You have yourself.  You have your faith.  You have your heart and mind and strength, dedicated to God’s purpose.

And that’s more than enough to change the world.

Prayer: Almighty, loving God – thank you for providing me with the opportunity and the ability – to make a difference.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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