Daily Devotional

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Giving What We Have

Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”     Acts 3:6

What is most precious to you? Your stock portfolio? Your checking account? Your home? Your family? Your life? Can you imagine having a relationship with Jesus that is so intimate and real that you consider it the most valuable asset in your life? Questions like these can remind us how far we have to go before we can live a life of true faithfulness and devotion to Jesus. However, it may be important to remember that Peter, who willingly shared Jesus with the crippled beggar in this text, is the same Peter who left Jesus for dead in the Garden of Gethsemane. Peter is proof that while our priorities and values may be jarringly out of order, there is still hope that through Jesus our lives can be refocused in ways so meaningful that even our passing shadows can bring healing to others.

What is the most precious thing in your life?

Lord, I am more like Peter before he experienced your resurrection and your forgiveness. I am fearful. I am weak-willed. I am less than generous. Surround me with your expansive love so that my life might freely exude your hope, help, and healing. Become the most precious possession of my life . . . and make me your possession, now and forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.