As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. 4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
His experience of God was one of distance, sitting at the Gate Beautiful, but not of closeness. Peter and John bring him into the closeness of Christ. That's what we all have in Jesus. The closeness of God. God at hand. The hope of glory within us. The Helper at our side.
I love that idea that we can bring the closeness of Jesus into people’s lives. Wow, Jesus is close! And when He is close, He moves. There is always action that accompanies His closeness. Peter and John lived that out when they said: “Silver and Gold I do not have but what I do have, I give to you.”
Like when Jesus saw the hungry crowds—sheep without a shepherd! His compassion always acts. And when we carry His Spirit, we too act to bring the closeness of Christ to people's lives.
“Silver and gold”—that's what we think will solve our problems. It's kind of hysterical that the apostles didn't have a cent on the,m but what they did have was more powerful than anything money can buy. It makes me think of the language of ransom—how Jesus ransomed us, bought us back from being enslaved. We think the answer is silver and gold, but the true price has already been paid.
The price for what we think will solve our internal needs has already been paid. We, like this beggar just need to receive it in faith.