Acts 3:6–8 (NIV)
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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
“The Spirit of Jesus in me greets the Spirit of Jesus in you and brings us together in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen.”
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.”
Two big mistakes people make with this storied text.
First mistake: We marvel at it as a unique miracle confined to the first century and consider it out of reach and not really even applicable to our twenty-first century context.
Second mistake: We conduct stage shows where we push people out of wheel chairs, commanding them to walk in Jesus’ name.
And that’s about how it has gone with the ministry of the Holy Spirit over the last hundred years or so—excuses and excesses. Some people run to the show. Most run from it. Most people are trying to find a nice happy medium; you know, healthy tension, or balance. Well, if you are looking for balance, I’m not your guy. I’m looking for New Testament Christianity, which was anything but balanced. I need to keep pointing out we aren’t looking for first-century Christians. We are after first-generation Christians in the twenty-first century—day-after-the-day-of-Pentecost, Jesus people. It is within all of our reach to become these people. This will require significant growth, mainly in our mindset and our heart posture. It will also take the real exercising of faith. In the interest of being crystal clear, this text is not about how to do signs and wonders or about possessing some exceptional gift of the Holy Spirit. There is something far more fundamental going on here. There is a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious) tucked in here. Look again:
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.
We cannot give what we do not have. We can only give what we actually have.
What do we have?
What I do have I give you . . .
What do I have?
Now, let me push with a what if. What if I have everything Jesus has?
Still day one.
God our Father, who with your son Jesus Messiah, fills us with the Holy Spirit, thank you for the miracle and the mystery of the day of Pentecost. And thank you for today, and that it is only the day after. Holy Spirit, would you unveil for us us the treasure of the enormity of resource we have in Jesus Messiah. Would you awaken me to what I have in you? Would you awaken me to who you are in me? Would you awaken me to who you are in me for others? Praying in Jesus’ name, amen.
What do you have?
P.S. Keeping you oriented with the Weekend on the Wake-Up call (aka the Daily Text)
Saturdays are for stories. We are telling Holy Spirit stories this summer. I will bring you another one tomorrow, but we want to hear yours. Six hundred words or so (reply to this email), or you can make a video here. Doesn’t need to be sensational. It can even be a fail (like most of mine). Remember, it takes faith to fail. And if you aren’t failing you are playing it safe. Sundays are for giants who have preceded us in the kingdom. We are working with E. Stanley Jones for the next long stretch (beautifully read by Farm Team Member, Micah Smith). I’ll be back to my meddling on Monday. ;0)
For the Awakening,