Freely Give

“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.  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give.'”

Matthew 10:5-8

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Do you remember when you were saved?  Maybe there was a moment in time you knew you were His; maybe it’s not a specific hour but a matter of years you’ve known.  And you’ve lived in relationship with Him, known His goodness, His liberty and peace.

He has taken you from bondage to sin, from being dead in sin and unable to get out on your own — He has taken you from that, rescued you from that, and given you life.

What did it take?  To go from death to life, bondage to freedom?  It took repentance and faith, did it not?  You confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.  No longer did you have to wallow in your sins and try in vain to erase them.  He took you in an instant and cleansed you, allowed you to live wholly and joyfully.

“Freely you have received, freely give.”

Your salvation was free to you.  He paid the price, you received the gift.  It’s the greatest gift you could and can ever receive; there will never be a gift of more value than your salvation.  You have the greatest gift.  You have all you need.

If you know the greatest gift and how it’s gained, give it to others.  You cannot provide salvation itself, but you can provide knowledge to those seeking it.  You can share your hope, your joy and your assurance.

Live in your salvation; acknowledge it day-to-day, thanking Him for His gift to you.  Resist the urge to be ashamed of Him, or embarrassed because of Him; you don’t live for man, you know.  Freely share His gift with others, and pray that they too may receive it.  Crave that others may know Him.

“Freely you have received, freely give.”

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