Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 22 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day eleven with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to both give and receive.
Free To Give and Receive
“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:7-8 (NIV)
While sounding a lot like yesterday’s topic, I encourage you to pay attention today to the subtle differences.
Have you ever turned down a gift or an offer of help? Why? What do you think is the most common reason for a person not to receive something that is offered? If pride wasn’t your answer, how much do you think pride plays into the answer you gave? Do you tend to live with an “easy come, easy go” attitude or are you more likely to try to hold onto everything that comes your way? How does a willingness to receive from God influence your willingness to give?
There are times when a person is offered something and their first response is, “I simply can’t accept that.” There are a variety of reasons why that answer is given, but usually somewhere in the mix of those reasons is an element of pride. It may either be a bold pride that says, “I can do it myself”, or a more subtle pride that says, “I don’t deserve it.” God wants us to put aside all forms of pride and be free to both receive and give. As you pray, ask God to help you receive freely from Him, and from others, so that you may in turn give freely as you have opportunity.