Give Freely

Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8.

There is no room for misers in God’s kingdom. When we struggle to give to others, we have forgotten where we received everything we have. Every good thing in our lives comes from God (James 1:17). All that we acquire is dependent upon His grace (1 Cor. 4:7). Job accurately summarized our condition: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). We quickly assume a sense of ownership over our possessions. We would like to think that we have earned the right to the things we own. Jesus reminds us to be prepared to give our possessions as freely and joyfully as we received them. It should be a pleasure for us to share what we have with others (2 Cor. 9:7). We ought to be a conduit through whom the Lord can pour His blessings. We should gladly receive everything from the Lord and keep a loose grip on it, knowing that we might have to depart from it. Sometimes we claim that we are trying to be good stewards of our resources when we do not want to give to others, but in reality, we are only selfish. If you struggle to give freely to others, you have become more attached to the gift than to the Giver. The account of the rich young ruler shows the tragedy of becoming too attached to worldly treasures (Luke 8:18-24). Meditate on all that your Lord has given to you (John 3:16). Resolve to express your gratitude to Him through your giving.