Giving Freely

As a child, I didn’t understand the idea of freely giving something with no strings attached. I always wanted something in return for what I was going to give someone. Once I had children, that all changed. Now, I give freely to my children asking nothing in return. I do it because I love them. If they have a bad day, I’m not going to starve them, throw them out of the house, etc… No, they will still be able to enjoy the hospitality of their parents despite their actions at this young age. This is what Jesus did for us. We weren’t just disobedient to the Lord though as my children have disobeyed me. No, we were enemies with God! Romans 5:10 says, “For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!” The Lord freely gave us salvation. Nothing of our own merit, but instead completely He gave out of His love, mercy, and grace. In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus is commissioning the disciples to go out and preach and heal those who will listen and receive Him. But there is something interesting Jesus says in this ordination of the disciples, “Freely you received, freely give.” (Matt. 10:8) Jesus is clear that the disciples did nothing to deserve or receive the good new of the gospel, and because of that, they must freely give to those they preach to, expecting nothing in return, yet praying for their repentance.
Are we freely giving the same grace, mercy and love we have received from the Lord Jesus? Are we praying for our enemies and those who persecute us? (Matt. 5:44) We must be willing to give freely to all who are willing to listen. May we be obedient to the call God has placed on all our lives.
 
-Pastor Ben