Freely Give… “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8b
But you may ask, what about my stewardship in giving gifts responsibly? Wise givers do give prayerfully and responsibly, but not to the exclusion of the Spirit’s leading. If the Lord is leading you to invest time and money in a person, ministry or church, then obey and trust Him with the outcomes. Everything we have is His to begin with, so He is ultimately responsible for the fruit from your generosity. He blesses His work, done His way.
Because Christ’s gifts are not conditional, our gifts are not conditional. For example, at your conversion God freely gave you His Spirit for comfort, conviction and direction. The Bible says, “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
So, even when we grieve the Spirit with our disobedience, He still remains. The gift of the Holy Spirit does not come and go from our life, as He is here to stay. His resolve to reside in our soul is reassurance that we are not alone. In the same way when people you trust are in turmoil, stay with them through the rough ride until things smooth out. Anyone can give in the good times, so be there to give when they need you the most.
Faithfulness freely gives not to gain, but to do good deeds. The Lord’s freeness to extend goodness to you compels you to freely give back goodness. Grace is a gift to be received gratefully and given liberally. Give freely and observe how much more is freely given to you. Your Heavenly Father gave you His Son, because He loves and forgives you freely.
“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:5-7).
What are the Lord’s expectations for His gifts to me? Am I freed up to give freely?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
April 17, 2021
“The Lord created you in the fullness of your humanity, and it is your humanity that he longs to redeem.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 17th, 2021 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who [...]
April 16, 2021
“Our global crisis is a clear call from God to return to God.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 16, 2021 Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short [...]
April 15, 2021
“A nimble faith enables us to stop and respond to the guiding voice of the Lord.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 15, 2021 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? Galatians 5:7 (NLT) Over the years, I’ve tried to cultivate an eye that sees [...]