ACTS – The Acts of God

The first place of worship that Randy pastored was the church where we grew up. The church building was located on the border of two cities at a well traveled crossroad with a busy intersection. It wasn’t a big church but must have seemed friendly to passersby. Randy’s door was always open which meant many interesting visitors came by asking for handouts. He heard many stories of particular situations of dire need…in their eyes. They came wanting money. We had very little.

At that time in our lives, I was teaching to keep our financial situation solvent to pay the bills of a family of five. His salary was not always counted on as the church was financially struggling as well. So, this next passage makes us smile when Peter says to the beggar at the Temple Gate, “I don’t have a nickel to my name,…” It certainly fit our situation at the time.

Our journey taught us not only to empathize with someone struggling to make ends meet but it taught us how to survive and even thrive as good stewards in problem solving which led to helping others do the same. Faith in Our Provider always brought us through tough times and we knew He would do it for others.

One day Randy was approached by a young man about ten years younger than himself who also had a family. This man was asking for money to buy tires for his car to get to a job site. Randy told him, “Let’s go take a look.”

Randy went outside the church doors to the yard where the car was parked. Yes, the man needed tires. Randy told him, “I don’t have any money on me but what I do have is a way to help you solve your problem. Come with me.” Truth: we might have had $20 in our bank account at the time and rarely carried cash because there wasn’t any to clutter our wallets!

Randy took the young man to a local junk yard with spare car parts and recycled tires. Randy knew this place well because it was how we survived! He told the owner what he was doing and asked to see what was available. In under an hour, this young man learned how to recycle old tires for tires with enough tread to last until better times. He was back on the road again. Total cost: Time and Faith (The owner helped, too!)

This is only one of many opportunities that came to the open door of Spencer Road Church of God in those days. Randy taught a young man how to spend $20 and buy healthy groceries that would last for a week. Yep, in that day, it could be done. We learned to rarely hand out money, but to help while retaining a person’s dignity. Those in real need got it and appreciated it. Are there still opportunities to share God’s love and faith in tangible ways such as this? Absolutely!

We don’t need money to declare the glory and power of God! We only need faith and a willing heart to stop, listen to His Spirit and notice someone in real need and help them learn about the provisions that God provides all around us.

“I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have is_______”. May God’s Holy Spirit lead us to filling in that blank…maybe even today, maybe tomorrow. Then, like Peter, give God ALL the glory and praise for what happens. God is God and we are not. We are only His hands and feet. How can we help others know Him? Listen to Him.

May all we are and do be done in Jesus Name, Amen.

Acts 3 faith

Acts 3, The Message
1-5 One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them.

6-8 Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.

8-10 The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God. They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the Temple’s Gate Beautiful and rubbed their eyes, astonished, scarcely believing what they were seeing.

11 The man threw his arms around Peter and John, ecstatic. All the people ran up to where they were at Solomon’s Porch to see it for themselves.

Something to think about…
–Spoiler alert: God’s Holy Spirit in Peter uses this healing of the beggar as a platform to lead others to the Truth about Jesus and is His salvation.

–God’s Holy Spirit prompts us to help others. Could what He does through us be an open door, after helping, to tell His story?

–Be open to God’s Holy Spirit. You never know when He will invite us to be a part of His salvation for another human being.

“…but what we do have is….Jesus Christ, The Way, The Truth and The Life!

–Want to be a world changer?
Rise up and walk…In Jesus Name.

And I’m singing…

Hope for all the world, You came down,
Traded heaven’s throne for a sinner’s crown,
Grace poured out.
Son of righteousness crucified,
Hanging on the cross You paid the price,
To give us life

In Jesus’ name our sins are washed away,
In Jesus’ name we are rescued, we are saved,
For love has come to make a way for us,
In Jesus’ name there is freedom for the broken,
In Jesus’ name there is healing for the hopeless,
For all our days, we rest in Jesus’ name

You alone are good forever true,
Never far away, we’re holding on to You,
Only You

In Jesus’ name our sins are washed away,
In Jesus’ name we are rescued, we are saved,
For love has come to make a way for us,
In Jesus’ name there is freedom for the broken,
In Jesus’ name there is healing for the hopeless,
For all…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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