1Peter and John were going up to the temple at three o'clock in the afternoon, the established prayer time. 2Meanwhile, a man crippled since birth was being carried in. Every day, people would place him at the temple gate known as the Beautiful Gate so he could ask for money from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he began to ask them for a gift. 4Peter and John stared at him. Peter said, "Look at us!" 5So the man gazed at them, expecting to receive something from them. 6Peter said, "I don't have any money, but I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk!" 7Then he grasped the man's right hand and raised him up. At once his feet and ankles became strong.
Peter gave what he had. He didn't have money to give to the poor man. What Peter had was better! He had the power to heal the man. Peter was amazing. In Acts 5:15, the Bible suggests that people were healed just by having Peter's shadow pass over them as he walked by. Now that's cool!
Peter didn't have money, but he willingly gave what he had. We are called to do the same thing. What do you have to give? The Bible says we all have gifts to give. Some of the gifts it lists are helping, serving, mercy, hospitality, evangelism, teaching, and leadership. Some people offer their musical skills to help out when we praise God. Some people dance as a way to worship God. Some people put on clown makeup and visit children in the hospital. Some people organize fundraisers. Some people layout this devos sheet for publishing.
What gifts do you have? What are your passions? How can you give back to God by serving others? Pray that God will reveal this to you.
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