Acts 3:6, Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Our understanding of acquisition is centred around the idea of accumulating cash in order to afford buying a particular thing, your pocket determines your buying power. This is why it is so tricky for us as the children of God to receive from Him. When we desire something, we ask Him in prayer and our first imagination of how He will give to us, is that He will make us financially able. At times we forget that His ways are not our ways. That is why humility is key in the kingdom of God, being able to humble yourself before God enables one to be humble enough to receive from God, whichever way He chooses to give. Believe me, this is the concept one needs to grasp and grasp well if they need to be wealth creators in the kingdom of God. Giving is very easy, but receiving is the most trickiest because it treads on our pride. That is why society is willing to starve and die alone than to ask for help. No one wants to be judged and no one wants to belittled and ridiculed because they have asked, yet God wants us to do it. Why is this important to God?
God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is in them. He is the owner of every resource ever in existence from idea to money. All these resources, He set them up because He knew that there will be a need for them here on earth. He is the only Jehova Jire, the Lord who provides. So, He setup the resources and then structured the provision [distribution] of such resources. That is why He told Nebuchadnezzar in a dream that, he would go through seven seasons until he understands that the Most High is the ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes. No one can tell God how to distribute His resources. He does so as He wishes. This is the first thing we need to understand about the earthly resources, they belong to God. Secondly, He is the one who distributes them as He wishes. So, then if you cannot humble yourself before God to ask for or receive what you need, what will you do?
You will sell your soul, sell your body or give yourself to enslavement for the sake of accumulating monetary value. Purely because, the earthly system says that you cannot buy except if you have the buying power.
Isaiah 55:1-2, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy?
So, the Lord is asking us to buy from Him. He asks us why we are willing to spend money or our wages on something that does not satisfy. You would think that He is saying, rather let us spend our money on what He has to offer, but instead, He says come and get this that I offer without money. Putting the point across that what He has is not only for those with buying power, but even those who have none whatsoever.
What we need to accumulate resources children of God is not money, it is life in God. He says in Is 55:3, listen and come to me, so you can live, then I will enter into a covenant with you as I did with David. David lacked nothing, instead God raised him up as a king. A ruler of nations. This is the same promise He is giving to the one who comes to Him for life and enter into a covenant with Him. It is a covenant with God that sets us up.
Matthew 17:27, But so that we do not offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a piece of money.
If it be money that you need in order to settle an obligation, God does not run out of ways to give that to you. He is able to command anyone who has, to give to you what you need. However, the pride can be a stumbling block from receiving. Hence God needs us to be humble. He knows that not all His ways of providing to us will we like, but humility will enable us to receive from Him no matter the way He chooses to give. Wheeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. It might be painful to receive through a certain person because you know their attitude. However, if God uses that very platform that brings wheeping to receive, is He not strengthening your humility? At the end of the day, will you not have gotten what you need?
Knowing and accepting that God is the owner of all resources as well as the distributor, helps us to humbly receive no matter the platform. In this knowledge we understand that he who is made to give to us, God will repay. That is why it is important to be a cheerful giver, our works go before us and the condition of the heart during that giving is measured. That measure determines the repayment from God. We should therefore, not concern ourselves with the condition in which God gives to us. If those He uses to give to you insult you, belittle you or degrade you in their giving, whatever condition in which they give goes before God because He is the one using them to give to you. Therefore, child of God, be a cheerful receiver, giving thanks to God no matter the condition of receiving. This will ensure that your receiving leads you not to sin e.g idolatry or any form of ungodliness. This happens when you are thankful to the person instead of God who gave you through the person, and will repay the person accordingly.
Isaiah 55:5, Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the Lord your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.”
When your life is in God and are in a covenant with Him, you have something unique, buying power that is not monetary. Hence He says “buy without money”. This is the same buying power we saw in Solomon. Kings and Queens from afar brought their wealth to Him, as a result, He became the wealthiest man that earth ever knew. Instead of Him seeking buying power, resources sought Him out. Which tells us that we have things upside down. Instead of pursuing buying power, we should be pursuing a covenant with God, life in God which will afford us all these earthly resources. Jesus was the most resourceful ‘poor’ man on earth. He lacked nothing.
Peter and John now introduce the lame man, whose lifestyle depended on alms to something else, a life in Christ. They tell him that what you are asking for we do not have, but we are willing to share with you life in Christ, which will afford you the resources you want to get with silver and gold.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. It was a Babylonian king that God revealed Himself to and made an Israelite ruler in his kingdom. It was a Persian king that God instructed to give Israel resources to build His temple. It was an Egyptian kingdom that God instructed to give gold and silver to Israel when they were to exodus. There is no limiting God as to whom He can use to give to you when you are in a covenant with Him. Yours is to be a cheerful receiver and let God deal with the rest.
The concept of humility that God is instilling in all of us, is so that we can understand who truly is The Provider. When we do, even when we are able to give, we cannot boast as though we are the ones giving. Instead, we will give humbly, knowing that it is God giving through us. Therefore, we cannot expect anything from those we are giving to because The Provider Himself will repay us accordingly.
See, when we give our lives to Christ, He sends us the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us, Jesus is in us. However, when we enter into a covenant with God, we are now entering Christ because He is the covenant. That covenant is letting go of ourselves, giving Christ access and authority to our mind, body and soul. Allowing Him to take over what is ours to utilise as His, with His will prevailing our will. In this space Christ is in us and we are in Him. We are surrendering ourselves to God to manifest Himself and His will on earth through us, as it is in heaven.
John 14:20, At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you
May God grant us wisdom to surrender to Him our all, that His kingdom may govern earth.