SUCH AS I HAVE
“Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee…”- Acts 3:6
True, these are the words of an un-learned fisherman but they are more instructive than the words of ten professors put together. By saying “silver and gold have I none” Peter meant to say “it is true that I don’t have certain things”, this is particularly true for everybody because though you can have everything you need (Philippians 4:19 promises us so), you cannot have everything there is. It has nothing to do with whether you are rich or poor, till you breathe your last, there will always be things you have and other things you don’t have. Think about it and you will discover it’s true. The knowledge of this will keep you from
Peter did not only acknowledge
what he didn’t have, he went on to say “such as I have…” which means “at the moment I might not have money however, there is something I have that is worth more than money”. I like this statement because the answer to what you don’t have is in what you already have. To say this in another way is to say you can use what you have to get what you want. The story of the widow in 2 Kings chapter 4 exemplified this truth- she ran to Elisha complaining about her debt (which was about to claim her two sons) and surprisingly Elisha did not pray neither did he prophesy, he simply asked “what do you have in your house?”. The moment she recalled she had a bottle of oil she got the answer to her needs. She moved from poverty to plenty by simply harnessing what she already had!
One more thing to learn from the words of the fisherman turn fisher of men- “such as I have give I thee…”. This statement can be interpreted to mean, firstly you can’t give what you don’t have- its garbage in, garbage out! Secondly, “such as I have give I thee…” could also mean that out of the ‘little you have’, share with someone. There is a mysterious multiplication that follows giving- what you share always multiply! The scripture tells us that as the 5 loaves and 2 fishes were being distributed amongst the 5,000, it began to multiply so much so that there were left 12 baskets full of bread. Solomon describes this mystery in Proverbs 11:24- “there is he that scattereth, and yet increaseth…” for this reason Jesus said “…It is more blessed to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35. Find someone to share the little you have with!
President, The Teacher Ministries
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