Silver and Gold
Read Job 11:1 through 14:22; Acts 3:1–26
John Ruskin, a British art critic from the Victorian era, enjoyed a privileged childhood thanks to his business-savvy father. He also gained knowledge of the Scriptures from his Christian mother, who exposed him to many of the great preachers of the day. This upbringing undoubtedly shaped Ruskin’s view of materialism. He once observed, “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”
Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6).
Peter and John had nothing of material value to give the lame man at the temple gate. But they pointed him to something much better: the compassion of a healing Savior.
Christians don’t have to be rich to make a difference for God’s kingdom. Many times, the best thing a person can share is the good news of Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and healing power.
Ask God to work through you to make a difference in the world.
Challenge for Today: Find a way to show someone Christ’s kindness and mercy.
Quicklook: Acts 3:1–10