Freely Receive, Freely Give

Yesterday as I read Matthew 10 a verse of Scripture stuck out to me.  Verse 7-8, “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Jesus instructs His disciples to go and preach the message, to heal the sick, raise the dead and perform miracles.  Jesus equips them to proclaim.  God’s  intention for us is the same to go and we must go.  The interesting part that stuck out to me was when Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” 

As preachers, we often use this verse to receive the offering.  “Freely you have received, freely give to the Lord in this offering.”  But note the context in which Jesus uses this saying.  We have received salvation so we should proclaim salvation.  Take that a step further, Jesus in essence is saying that He has freely given us His power to preach, heal, raise the dead and perform miracles; so freely we must give.  Freely we should use that power to touch others. 

I believe that power is available for all of us, we just need to act.  We need to proclaim and pray for the sick.  We must walk in His miracle power.  Freely you have received His power, freely give.  Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  We have received power that we might be witnesses…we must give it away.

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