Read: Acts 3:1-10

In the name of Jesus Christ . . . rise up and walk! (v. 6)

Good things can happen when you attend the evening service! As Peter and John were heading to worship one afternoon, they passed a beggar who had staked out a good spot by one of the temple gates. His tactics were simple: “Ask them for help while they’re feeling religious.” When the beggar held out his hand to Peter and John, he must not have been expecting much from those poor-looking fishermen. But Peter got his attention: “Look at us.” We don’t have any money, Peter told him, but we do have something else we can offer you: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

Spiritual power tends to be in inverse proportion to financial wealth. Rich Christians (or churches) often depend upon money and technology to solve their problems. But when we no longer have to rely on God alone, we seldom experience God working in powerful and wonderful ways. The story is told of a visit to the Vatican by the great theologian Thomas Aquinas during the Middle Ages. He called on the pope, who was counting out a large sum of money. The pope remarked with satisfaction, “The church can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’” “True,” agreed Thomas. “Neither can she now say, ‘Rise and walk’” (quoted in F. F. Bruce, The Book of Acts).

You can trust in money or you can trust in Christ, but it’s very hard to trust in both. —David Bast

Prayer: Lord, give me the treasure that lasts.