Freely you have received, freely give.
When he spoke these words, Jesus had just completed an extensive course in basic training with His disciples. He called them, prepared them, trained and showed them the ropes. As a commanding officer gives final instructions to jittery young soldiers preparing for a military strike, Jesus informs the disciples of the battle plan. He provides detailed instructions, warns them of pitfalls and hardships to come and, finally, Jesus offers encouragement.
We are reminded in this text of all that God has given us in Christ. He has lavishly poured out His grace upon us, redeeming us, calling us as His own, giving us new life with Him. Ephesians 1 tells us that we have truly been blessed with every sort of spiritual blessing. We received all this freely.
God is the source of everything we have – our time, our talents, and our finances, enabling us to give to others in His name, so that “they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
What has God given you that you could freely give? Is it time? Do you find yourself with “free” time on your hands that could be used in His kingdom? Has God gifted you with a particular skill or trade that could be used at our church? Has God blessed you financially? Could you free up some funds to extend His kingdom? Take a moment and reflect on how God has given you the undeserved gift of grace through His son, Jesus Christ. Now reread Matthew 10:8.
Used with permission from Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI and The Barnabas Foundation.