Know What You've Got to Give
Peter’s words as he and John encountered the paralyzed man at Gate Beautiful have great importance for us. What was the “such” that he had to give?
Surely the statement meant more than “Sorry, I’m really penniless myself” or “Too bad, I left my wallet at home.” He knew he had something to give which was far better than merely meeting the man’s immediate need for sustaining his beggarly existence.
"A spiritual transaction took place and the “once-upon-a-time-but-no-more” beggar became whole."
Peter knew the presence of the Holy Spirit within him. Following his awesome encounter with God on the day of Pentecost, he experienced a boldness and liberty he had never before known. The resurrection life of Christ was manifested through the apostles (Acts 2:43, KJ) and people were being saved, healed and delivered. Jesus’ promise that they would do the same works He had done once the Holy Spirit indwelt them, became a reality (John 14:12-17, KJ). They had learned what it meant to be witnesses of Jesus, not just in words but in demonstration of His resurrection power.
Picture the joy, enthusiasm, awe, praise, worship, conversations, and testimonies that would have pervaded the new Church in those days before traditionalism and religion again took over!
On the day in question, Peter and John approached the temple for their three o’clock prayer meeting, they knew vitally who dwelt within them. They knew the power and authority in His name. When they saw the crippled man, the gift of faith without doubt rose up within them. As this gift was imparted to the beggar through Peter’s words it caused him to expect to receive a blessing from God. At Peter’s command, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,” a spiritual transaction took place and the “once-upon-a-time-but-no-more” beggar became whole, jumping, leaping and praising God.
“Such as I have, give I thee" (Acts 3:6, KJ) However, you can’t give something away if you don’t know you have it. Dear reader, do you know what you have? The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you! Could you say to someone with assurance “Such as I have, give I thee?” Jesus doesn’t change. He empowers you to be a witness to Him just as he did Peter.
It’s easy for us to give and serve others in the natural by meeting practical and financial needs. Jesus modeled the message of compassion and servant hood and it was very obvious in the New Testament Church that care giving and practical Christianity were part of the gospel message and Christian lifestyle. However, as Christians we are called to extend giving into the realm of the Spirit and serve and minister the “things” of the Spirit as well.
"We are designed to be spiritual givers"
Giving in the Spirit should be a part of our lifestyle not because it’s something we should do, but because it is a natural outpouring of the life of God. The Holy Spirit wants to manifest His supernatural abilities through people like us and His tools for doing so are the gifts of the Spirit:
• The spoken abilities including tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy.
• The knowing abilities including the word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits.
• And the doing abilities of faith, healing and the performing of miracles.
He sends us forth with the same enabling that was issued from Jesus’ ministry and the same enabling that empowered Peter and John on that special day at Gate Beautiful. Paul embraced the same enabling and over the centuries so have countless other believers, including Smith Wigglesworth, Amie Semple Macpherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Maria Woodworth Etter, and John G. Lake.
The same enabling is available for us. We are designed to be spiritual givers. The anointing to give is not exclusively assigned to renewal leaders, ministry team members, or intercessors. God intends for it to be released throughout the body of Christ in order that we may witness to the way God loves, cares, heals, delivers, restores, and is serious about His creation reconciling to Himself.
With the joy, the shaking and the purging that is occurring during these years of renewal and refreshing, our hope is also to see a revival of Spirit filled Christians moving in a “Such as I have, give I thee” representation of our living Lord!