To conclude our devotions on “Simple Generosity” this week lets look at Jesus words to the disciples.
In Matthew 10 Jesus gives his disciples a special command: he tells the to leave him and heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. The full stop at the end of “demons” is not the end of the matter, and neither the verse nor the command is quite finished. Jesus keeps on talking, offering a perfect explanation of why his disciples are being sent out in such a way: “Freely you have received; freely give”
Receiving God’s gifts is not a one-off, static process. It is a continual cycle. We receive and respond just as we inhale and exhale, much as we ingest and grow. And that is the very heart of what it means to be a generous Christian belonging to God’s Family. We give because we receive; again, and again and again.
Tomorrow, join us as we launch a new teaching series, “The Message of the Cross” at 10.30am at Becket Keys School.