When Peter uttered these words to the lame man that sat begging at the beautiful gate of the Temple, he and John did not have any money to give him. However, they did not use their lack of silver and gold as an excuse for just doing nothing. Unfortunately, many Christians feel that since they are not able to do much, either for the poor or for the church of the Lord, they end up just doing nothing. This world would be a far different and better place if all gave of such as they have. Let us look at some of the things that we can give in service to the Lord:
One of the most valuable things that each of us has is time. It is also something that each of us has an equal amount of. We all have 24 hours each day and seven days each week. If you have the idea that you can spend all of your time, from morning to night, in business, work, or even pleasure and just give a little time on Sunday mornings to the Lord, and that be pleasing to God, you are sadly mistaken. Much can be accomplished in the helping of others and in the growth of the church of the Lord if we will just put time into it. What is more important that it will keep you away from the work of the Lord?
There is not a one in the Lord’s kingdom that does not have a talent, or talents that can be used for the Lord for each of us has been given according to our several ability (Matthew 25:15). Those who use their talents for the glory of God will find an eternal reward, those who act as unprofitable servants will be cast into “outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).
A Godly Life
A more powerful influence for good cannot be found than the example that is given by a godly life (Titus 2:11-12; I Peter 1:15). Paul said, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27).
Oftentimes we look upon worship as a duty, but it is more than a duty, or should be to the child of God. Offering a sacrifice of praise and adoration to God should be a high and holy privilege for every Christian. We should, like David (Psalms 122:1), be glad for opportunities to worship. This should be equally true not only Sunday morning but whenever the church meets. May we give to our fellow man and to God such as we have.