There is something better than alms. That was what Peter and John had to offer the lame man at the gate of the temple. He had received alms in his beggarly bowl for many years. His appellation remained the same: a certain lame man. He had a permanent stigma. He was described by his lameness.
It does not matter how long you have lived with your infirmity, there is something better. With God, nothing is impossible. An encounter with God brings a change of life time. The beggar had an encounter that changed his status. For the first time, he realized that there is something better.
There is something better than fish. Peter and his counterparts toiled for the entire night without catching a fish even though they were professionals. In the morning, as they washed their nets, the Master of the universe invited them to something better.
‘And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men’ Luke 5:10.
Rather than catch fish, Jesus invited them to catch men. It is a great privilege to be a vessel in the Hand of God. Peter and his partners had this privilege. Do you have this privilege? Do not trivialize it. Make most use of your calling. Maximize the Grace of God that is upon your life. Do you want this privilege? Consecrate yourself. There is something better in the offing for those who present themselves to God as a living sacrifice.
There is something better than money. Blind Bartimaeus sat by the wayside begging for alms daily. He was the ridicule of everyone that passed by. His description became his appellation: BB meaning Blind Bartimaeus. This day, something better happened. He received his sight which is better than the money he received daily from sympathizers.
There is something better than ‘churchianity.’ So many people are churchy. Christianity is different from churchianity. The kingdom of God is not meat and drink! You are either a Christian or you are not. There is no sitting down on the fence.
There is something better than church attendance. Pentecost was the turning point for the disciples. See how Peter was bold and daring to minister and receive 3000 people on their knees for Jesus in one day! See how Philip led the Ethiopian Eunuch to Jesus. The world declared the disciples drunk. Oh, they were indeed drunk with the New Wine: the Holy Ghost.
Are you not tired of Christianity without the baptism of the Holy Ghost? How long can you pray without the Holy Ghost? Baptism in the Holy Ghost is certainly better than the cold, nominal and dogmatic religious and sanctimonious churchianity.
There is something better than merely speaking in tongues. The Bible calls it love. It propels sincere service. It transcends human comprehension. This love is the fruit of the Spirit.
‘Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing’ 1 Cor. 13:1-3.
You can shake your head, stamp your feet and rattle in tongues of men and angels; dearly beloved, a practical demonstration of the love of God will yield more answers to both said and unsaid prayers. Love is certainly something better.