5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
After choosing the twelve (including Judas whom Jesus knew would betray him) Jesus sent them out to do His work. By now, they had seen the wonderful works of God and the power of God. Jesus was giving power them His power to do His work.
I would like for us to look at the last phrase of verse 8 today. As they went out they were not ever to charge for their work but were to give out as freely as they had received. We have been given eternal life. We are to offer the gift of God’s grace to others in the same way that we have received it. Since we are all in agreement on this, what else have we been given that we should freely give to others?
As you consider this we must refer to James who said that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, from the Father of Lights. The world is concerned with profit and with sales. Jesus was concerned about people. As the disciples went out, Jesus wanted them to share His values. As we go throughout our lives, what would God have us freely give to others? Yes, we have to work for a living and yes we need to get paid for our work. So what are we to freely give to others?
Instead of answering this question for you today, I am going to ask you to ask God what He would have you to give to others. What has God freely given to you? Once you have answered that you will be ready to discern what He wants you to freely give away.
As Christ promised to meet the needs of the disciples as they went out doing His work so we must trust that God is going to take care of us when we give away what He has given to us.
Caleb and Lindsey are here until Monday. It is nice to have them with us. Right now, Caleb is teaching 4-5 children English via computer. This is a live class with children in China. Pretty cool stuff. They will be with us in church on Sunday.
I plan to be back in the book of Ruth on Sunday. This week we will look at the concept of the “kinsmen redeemer.” I think you will be excited to hear how God’s teaching on this not only benefited Naomi and Ruth but also benefits us.
Remember to pray for one another. Several of us need prayer today.
Have a great day in the Lord,