Day 29: Give Freely
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come 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
Jesus freely gave us not just salvation, but healing, resurrection power, and the authority to drive out darkness. Jesus did not hold anything back from us; he gave us everything he had. Sometimes it can be tempting to hold back our best from others. It’s perfectly human to want to protect our time, our favorite possessions, our greatest talents–in fear that someone might abuse them. But that’s not what Jesus taught us. He gave without fear, demonstrating total freedom with everything his Heavenly Father had given him, and he calls us to do the same.
Dear Jesus, help us to give with the same freedom that you gave to us. Please empower us to trust you with everything we have–with our homes, our finances, our hearts, and our relationships. We love you and thank you for everything you’ve given to us. We ask that you would silence any fear that would keep us from giving the gifts that you have called us to give.