A friend gave me a very colorful bag some time ago.
It’s quite roomy, able to hold many things.
What I put in it is up to me.
I get to choose.
Once I put the items that I have chosen into my bag, they are mine to take out and give away, if I decide to.
Though I may wish to, I cannot give away what I do not have, however.
Since we live in a "social media" society, we have the priviledge to share our thoughts and needs with a great many people online.
There are times when we see needs presented regarding illness or some other serious circumstance on a social media page.
Comments toward that need can be quite varied.
Most friends are sympathetic to a posted need and they want to give encouragement and hope.
They each have a spiritual "bag" just as you and I do, to draw from in situations like these.
When a need is posted, or even if we learn of a need from a phone call or visit, we reach into our bags and look to see what we can offer.
Some of us will reach into our bags and find worldly wisdom–logic and reason:
"This is only a short period of difficulty for you. Things can get better. Put more effort into solving this."
Others of us will reach in and discover trusted, yet ultimately powerless knowledge:
"I am sending you positive thoughts."
There are some who will look into their bags and find prayer:
"I will pray for you every day."
There are bags holding large portions of faith in God’s goodness, mercy and love:
"Here is my prayer for you—‘Dear Jesus, come and fill my friend’s heart and mind with Your peace during this time. May they feel Your comfort and love and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You are with them.’"
Of course, we can never truly know the contents of anyone else’s bag just by reading online comments or even talking directly to them.
What is really in their bag is between them and God.
What is in our own bags is between us and God, as well.
Still, the truth remains—-we cannot give what we do not have.
If we do not have the knowledge of the love of God and salvation through Jesus, we cannot give that knowledge away.
As recorded in Acts, chapter 3, Peter did not have money to give.
Instead, his bag was filled with the faith of knowing Jesus Christ.
When seeing a man who was lame from birth, he gave what he had:
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
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.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
We each have a spiritual bag.
What’s in yours?
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