A story is told – and I have every reason to believe it is true – of a man of God who was recently shown through a magnificent church property. I don’t have the details, but it could have been any one of a number of papal palaces or stone basillicas filled with art treasures across Europe, or crystal cathedrals filled with the latest electronics and broadcasting facilities anywhere in North America.
“See,” the man was told, “no longer can the church say, ‘Silver and gold have I none’.”
“Yes,” was the response. “But neither can the church say, ‘Arise and walk’.”
Just in case you are not familiar with the Bible story that is alluded to, it is to be found in ( Acts 3:1-10).
The apostles were despised and persecuted and materially impoverished ( 1 Cor 4:11-13).
However, the power of God was at work in their midst. As in the story of Peter and the cripple, it was all for a purpose ( Acts 3:11-19) – as a witness and unto the salvation of many.
Jesus promised His followers “abundant life” or “life to the full” ( John 10:10), but what does that mean?
It certainly does not mean a promise of material abundance. It means to take hold of the life that is truly life ( 1 Tim 6:17-19) – life in the Spirit; nearness to God; the power of His presence.
What do you greatly desire now that you have come to know Him?