“Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6 NIV
For my birthday last week, me and boyfriend went to Atlanta. As we were driving and getting ready to pass under a bridge, he made the statement that he didn’t want to pass under the bridge. I curiously asked why and he said that it broke his heart to see people like that. The conversation kept going and I was reminded of a homeless guy, MJ, that hung out at my job for about two weeks. It hurt me to see him that way and I had so many questions. How did he get like that? Where did he come from? Where was his family? And a host of other questions came about. Me and a few co-workers were discussing MJ and one made the comment that maybe he is an Angel Unaware (Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware. Hebrews 13:2). When she made that statement, it tugged on my spirit and I stopped him and asked him could I interview him for my blog. He surprisingly agreed.
MJ, who may have come off strange to some really had a pure, sweet heart. MJ would speak to just about everyone and would even buy snacks or Starbucks for others when he was able to scrape up money. In our interview, I was able to trace back where his homelessness started. I was able to see the hurt that he suffered from that was caused by the ones whom he loved the most. MJ taught me a lot about myself through our interview, but the one thing that I will never forget is we were doing the interview and he stopped to tell a lady she looked beautiful and to have a blessed day. I looked at him and I said, “MJ, why do you speak to everyone.” MJ replied back to me, “I work for Jesus and Jesus spoke to everyone” That literally brought tears to my eyes.
In the above scripture, there was a lame man outside of the temple and he was asking for money. The man was there every day, and every day people just walked past him. Peter and John were walking into the temple one day and the lame man was outside begging for money. Peter looked at the man and basically said, I don’t have money, but I can give you what I have. Peter spoke to the man and in the name of Jesus, commanded the man to walk and he was lame no more.
From the homeless in the big cities, to the homeless in the small town, from the elder that is struggling, to the single parent with no assistance, you may can’t give them money, but give what you do have. Give a lending hand, give time, give an encouraging word, pray with them. Give something that shows the goodness of Jesus. MJ was homeless and had no money, but MJ gave smiles to everyone, and told everyone to have a blessed day. We pass by homeless people in cities frequently and you may or may not have money to give them, but it’s not always about the money. It’s not how big your gesture is, just as long as you do something. I may not have any money for you, but let me give you what I do have, Jesus.