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Silver and Gold I do not Have
by Sharon Leaman
“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
This verse from Acts has circulated my home and classroom for a week. We studied how the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to do amazing things to draw crowds so they could hear Peter tell them that Jesus is Lord of all. Masses of people became believers through this ministry of the Holy Spirit.
These weekly Bible lessons are the norm around here and last week was a fairly typical week for us. We progressed through our normal rhythm: lessons, activities, family time, etc., yet I felt busier than ever. I was pulled in many different directions all without feeling I was accomplishing anything. What were usually benign requests (“Will you cut my toast?” “Help me find my shoes? and “Will you read me another story?”) all carried extra weight that only added to me feeling overwhelmed and inadequate to meet even the simplest needs of my family. The benign requests were really requests for my time, and while I recognized that, I thought that I just couldn’t do or provide one more ounce of me.
I wondered if Peter ever felt inadequate. He was commissioned to go and preach the gospel to all nations (Matt.28:19) which is a pretty tall order for a band of 11 men. I wondered, while walking up to the temple to pray that day in Jerusalem, seeing the massive crowds, if he felt overwhelmed by the enormity of his commissioning. With this weight upon him, how would he respond to a simple, repetitive request for money from a lame beggar?
The answer he gave to this man satisfied my soul. He did not give what the man asked for, but instead gave what he did have to give: Jesus. Peter, poor, persecuted, but empowered by the Holy Spirit, knew the man’s cries were for something greater than silver or gold or even healing for his legs. It was healing for his soul, found in knowing Jesus.
What I absorbed from Peter’s response is that there are just some needs I cannot meet. I do not have the “silver and gold” to satisfy the multiple requests that come from multiple directions within my family and beyond. I do know, because God has healed my mind and soul through the love and forgiveness of Jesus, that the core need of these requests can only be met by Jesus.
When I am asked to give something I do not have (even from benign, repetitive requests) will I now respond with frustration, impatience or inadequacy, or instead humbly say, “I can’t help you right now, but we can pray that God will meet your need.” The ultimate goal, like Peter knew, was to take them to Jesus to satisfy their need. Now, I don’t have visions of Jesus tying or finding shoes, but I do hope that my children would see how Jesus loves them and wants to help them if they go to Him.
So what does it mean to “give Jesus?” when I do not have “silver and gold” to give? Ultimately, it is sharing the gifts I myself have received from Him. In Peter’s encounter with the lame man, he gives what he has received from Jesus: “What I do have, I give to you.” What are some of these things as a believer I have received from Jesus? Love. Hope. Peace. Forgiveness of sins. Belonging. Joy. Self-control. Courage. Perseverance. All these things are gifts of the Spirit, given through the power of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22) Peter, in this account, is quick to proclaim this gift of healing came only through the power of the Holy Spirit not from his own ability (Acts 3:12; 4:9-10). What we are able share comes through His power, not our own. What a relief!
On those days when everyone seems to be begging for me at once, I want to ask for wisdom for two main things: 1) to see the true need and 2) to demonstrate a reliance on God to meet that need. My commissioning, just as Peter’s, is to make disciples of Jesus, demonstrating that HE not ME is “the Way, the Truth, the Life.” (John 14:6) When I trust Him to meet the needs of others, I give what I have received: faith that He meets all my needs according to His riches in glory. (Phil 4:19)
In the moments when the “tyranny of the urgent” or even the grind of the daily tasks loom ahead, I pray that I will remember Peter and the lame man, and respond by giving Jesus.
- How do you respond when you feel unfit for a task or request? Why?
- How does Peter’s response to the lame man reflect Peter’s dependence on God?
- How do you reflect your own dependence on God to meet your needs?
- What are some of the most meaningful gifts you have received from God?
- Is there a particular situation in which you are struggling to rely on God to meet a need for someone else?
- In your situation, how can you, like Peter, demonstrate that God will meet needed for that circumstance?
- What have you received from Jesus that you can give?
About Sharon: Sharon is the wife of Bruce Leaman, and mother to four beautiful children, Daniel, Emilee, Kathryn and Nathan. She has been a covenant member of New Life for 23 years. She serves as a teacher in Christ Covenant School and Pioneer Girls. She loves to think, sing, and love on her family.
Message from Kathryne Marple, Women’s Ministry Committee Chair at the end.
7:30am Easter Breakfast – join us for light fare in the Fireside Room for a time of fellowship
8:30am Morning Worship Service and Cantata
10:00am Sunday School – Men in Fireside Room, Women in Room 100
11:30am Morning Worship Service and Cantata
NO Evening Service
Mikaela Grace Hughes has arrived! – Meals for the Hughes family
Mikaela was born Sunday, April 6th to Caleb and Cindy Hughes. She weighed 7lbs., 1 oz. If you are willing to bless the new parents with a meal, please click HERE.
Vacation Bible School July 21-25
We are already starting preparations for Vacation Bible School 2014! We have new curriculum this year! The theme is Treasure Island. If you are able to volunteer as a teacher or assistant teacher please let one of the directors know. We are in need of the following items for crafts so if you have any of these items to donate please give them to Dorinda McConnell or one of the directors.
Items needed: sponges, foil cake pans, solid color hand towels, plastic water bottles, empty plastic diaper wipes containers, feathers, large googly eyes.
Thank you from the 2014 VBS directors – Sarah Kittredge, Kristin Garcia, Laurie Burrows, and Carrie Verbosky.
Food Pantry Easter Tree
Forgot to grab an ornament off the tree? There are plenty left – one last week to get one! Connie Both has made food box ornaments for the tree to correspond to food pantry items that are needed to make boxes for those in need. The boxes have items of varying costs so that you can pick those in line with your budget and shopping habits. Some boxes are for monetary donations in case it is easier for you to write a check. Take an ornament and remember to sign it out on the clip board. Bring your items this Sunday or next and place them under the tree. Return the ornament to the box on the table when you bring the food. Let’s be a blessing to one another and the local community!
By Design Spring Women’s Sunday School Class April-June
Yes, there is Sunday School on Easter Sunday at 10am! The Men’s and Women’s classes are growing! We had 47 ladies this past Sunday and Pastor Sean reports about the same for the Men’s class. Come join us as Annie Page leads us this Sunday.
Summer Women’s Bible Studies:
Check out the books before/after Sunday School class and see what you might like to try…
- Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am beginning June 3rd
Child care available. Books available in the office for $13 – RSVP to Christine firstname.lastname@example.org
- War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp
Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm beginning June 5th
Books ($12.50) and discussion guide ($2.50) are available in the office – RSVP to Christine email@example.com
Girls’ Summer Study – Sundays in June and July (except Father’s Day)
For those who are wondering – Yes, we will do a girls’ study again this summer for rising 6th grade and up girls. More info to come soon!
Young Women’s Monthly Fellowship beginning in May
“My purpose is that they many be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understand, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
A Study in Biblical Womanhood starting in May meeting on the third Thursday of the month through August (May 15, June 19, July 17 and August 21) from 9:30 to 11:30am in room 217 with childcare available in the nursery. Nursing babes welcome in class. Perfect for young and expectant moms!
This will be a time to study God’s Word, pray and encourage one another as we discuss our mission and identity as a true woman of God. As we read through Susan Hunt’s The True Woman we will be challenged to think biblically about womanhood. Contact Annie Page with questions or to RSVP
Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
Note from Kathryne:
This Sunday, “He is risen…He is risen indeed!” will be heralded from Christians’ mouths around the world. A multitude of congregations will triumphantly sing, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. Joyous pastors will declare in their sermons that death has been swallowed up forever. And in the body of Christ at New Life, we will gratefully worship together with one voice, “Alleluia, Jesus, You have won the victory over sin and death for us!”
Do you have information you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in His grace,
Women’s Ministry Committee
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