(Act 3:6) But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!
One of my favorite songs of the late artist Prince was that of Diamonds & Pearls. What is so interesting is during the time of its release I actually visited Paisley Park. I was given the VIP tour as I was there representing a company. While I never met Prince I’m sure that he knew of me because my efforts in the end resulted in the song Most Beautiful Girl in The World. Years later I met Robia Lamorte (now Robia Scott) who was Diamond during the Diamonds & Pearls Tour. She later became and currently is a well-known actress. She is also a born again Christian an excellent speaker, teacher, and author (https://robiascott.com/).
In my opinion as well as others many of Prince’s songs had subliminal spiritual under tones with Diamonds & Pearls being no exception. Whenever I here that song I’m reminded of the story found in our scripture text. In this story found in the third chapter of Acts, the Apostles Peter and John are about to enter the temple to pray and outside is a man lame from birth. While he could not walk and earn a living he could and did daily ask for alms or money as we’d call it today. Some might say while he could not walk he might have been able to use those same hands he used to beg to work. But Peter says Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!
Peter gave this man what he really needed if he had given him silver or gold he’d be right back up there the next day begging. As a side note I never give money to those holding signs on street corners. One day I was exercising and noticed a lady holding a sign asking for money. She walks away from the corner to a nice car and pulls out her lunch. If my memory serves me correctly she had a cooler. That being said often people really don’t need a hand out but a hand. To me there is nothing more satisfying than being self-sufficient and earning an honest living wage. Sometimes instead of asking God for what we need, we constantly ask God for what we want. God knows exactly what we need and we should always pray for guidance because he knows what’s best for us. One thing I have found is whenever I’m in need one of the best ways to see my need met is to help someone else. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.