Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Giving (2)

"These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, 'Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go 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, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give,' " (Matthew 10:5--8).

* Amid instructions to His men related to their commissioning, the Lord Jesus commands their generosity. When occasions arose which tempted them to selfishness, they were to remember how freely they had received God's goodness, and then give in like manner.
May the Holy Spirit improve our memory of how good we've been treated by God when we have opportunity to share with others!

* Along with the ministry of miracles the apostles would enjoy, the Lord Jesus knew there would also be the temptation to withhold or selfishly use these abilities. So He included in His instructions the command to give freely.
When opportunities to give arise, may we remember how freely we've received.

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