homeless, poverty

You are walking down the street and someone asks you for money, do you give?

You are driving down the street and someone is holding a cardboard sign up asking for money, do you give?

Sometimes this can be a very tough question.

Are they going to really use the money to buy a bus pass or food?  Or are they going to use the money for alcohol or drug abuse?

Is what they use the money for important or should we just give?

In Acts 3:1-10 we read that God worked through Peter and John to heal a crippled beggar.  When the beggar saw Peter and John he asked them for money.  Peter got his attention and said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  The man was helped up and proceeded to walk.

What an amazing lesson.  Two thoughts stand out to me about this passage.

1) Do we ever feel directed as Peter and John did to pray for a stranger we meet for a healing?  Do we have to feel directed by the Holy Spirit or should we just take the step of faith and pray that God heals all the people who come our way?

2) What if Peter and John would have had some money?  I know this is speculative upon the scriptures, nevertheless, if they had money would they have given it?  I don’t know the answer, but of course what the beggar got was greater than money.

I think of this passage when I cross paths with beggars today.  What would Peter and John do?  What is the Holy Spirit leading me to do?

What do you do?

do you give?

by Mark Lafler time to read: 1 min