I was at the store the other day and I was waiting for someone to come and help us in the section we were in. We were dependent on a sales person because our needs could not be met without their skills. It was me and another couple waiting for someone for what felt like 35-40 minutes. After multiple attempts to reach out to sales people passing by, no one was able to help us. No one was available to be used. They either knew nothing about the section we were in or they didn’t have the appropriate keys to help us. One guy in particular who seemed to have what we needed, told us he couldn’t help us because he was not on the clock.
This encounter pointed out an important lesson for me. How many of us, as children of the Most High God, are passing by people who need our help? How many of us are refusing to be of service because we don’t perceive it to be our time to serve? People are waiting out there for us, but none of us has the keys, or equipment, or the skills to help them. No one is reaching out to them because their needs are too great for our ability. Where are the people that can help?
In Acts, the man that was put at the gate of the temple everyday was put there to beg of others. Because of his condition he was not able to work to make a living for himself. So as the people passed by, he begged. He had been lame from his youth and probably never considered that he would ever walk.
One day, Peter and John were walking past. They were the people that had the proper equipment to unlock what the man needed. The power from Jesus Christ. They had faith in the risen king. They had something that no one else could provide to him.
Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:6-8 NASB
Still waiting at the counter, the store I was at had many workers but not many that were able to provide our need. Is there someone in your life that needs what you have? Will you be willing to give it to them when the time calls for it? Or will you shrink back in unbelief and denial? Will you stand up to the occasion when it’s time for you to serve?