“Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” – Acts 3:6 (NIV)
What people want is different than what they need.
Peter went to the temple one day and as he entered there was a lame man begging for money. This lame man asked Peter for some money, and instantly, Peter was faced with multiple questions:
- Do I pretend not to see him and keep moving?
- Do I find or borrow a coin and give him what he is asking for?
- Do I try to meet his need with the resources I have such as sitting and talking to him, discovering his needs and trying to organize help to meet them?
- Do I look to the Lord to see what He wants in this situation and obey?
Peter could have called on all that was related to his own name in this encounter, yet he called on all that was related to the name of Jesus. What the man thought he needed was very different that what the Lord knew he needed and was able and willing to give.
This day, and probably every day, we will encounter folks who are asking for something. Whether it is your kids, your spouse, your coworkers or your boss, this scenario plays out every day. When it does, take a bit to ask the Lord, “Is this what they want or what they need?” Don’t be surprised when the Lord prompts you at times to provide them something they weren’t looking for. As we tap into the name of Jesus in this process, we may find ourselves speaking a word of wisdom from the heart of Jesus or we could, like Peter, find ourselves in a miraculous life altering moment. The life altering moment might be for spiritual healing as you share with them the good news of Jesus. The key is our willingness to discover and deliver from that which is associated with the name of Jesus.
Talk to the Lord today about this. Think about the things the Bible says are connected to the name of Jesus such as Savior, healer, forgiver, fixer, and wisdom. Ask God to give you the courage and strength to meet needs based on what the Lord wants and can deliver, and not based on what people want and you can deliver.