But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene -walk !” Acts 3:6
While visiting Vancouver, BC on business I worshipped at Coastal Church, a nondenominational church on Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. The worship was lively, vibrant, and sincere. The sermon was based on the story of Rebekah, courted by Abraham’s servant for the benefit of Abraham’s son Isaac. The sermon was about Rebekah’s approach to life in a positive, hard-working, manner of servanthood. Her attitude made her available to receive and respond to God’s calling on her life.
Peter and John most certainly availed themselves for God’s work. Acts chapters 3 and 4 cover the account of their miraculous healing of a known cripple and their subsequent arrest and appearance before the Sanhedrin. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter answers their question “By what power or what name did you do this”? (4:7) with this powerful and succinct testimony: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (4:8-13). (Italics added)
What a brave and powerful testimony! Sometimes I wonder if I’m holding back. I have a feeling of unworthiness at times as I read Scripture and craft these messages. I wonder if I could be more available to God than I am right now. I’m sure I could. I pray that God will give me the approach to life that Rebekah, Peter, John and so many others had.
Ponder this: What are the barriers separating me from God? What life changes might I undertake to make myself more available for His work?
My prayer for today: Father, make me truly available to You for whatever purpose You have laid out for the remainder of my life. In your Son’s holy name – AMEN.