Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8
I’m sure we all remember the plans of our lives that got cut short in the year 2020. As news of a pandemic pummeled our country and abruptly shut it down, many became paralyzed by fear. Only a short time later, the entire nation was rocked in the upheaval of a race war. Then came the climate disruptions all over the world. Floods, cyclones, Hurricanes an wildfires closing in. Right in the middle of this great worldwide turmoil, I was praying in a church service. I asked the Lord: “Lord, the world is such a mess, how are we as believers and the body of Christ ever going to be able to make a difference in this chaos? How are we going to bring your love to the world?” I heard the answer in my heart almost immediately. I know it wasn’t an audible voice, but if I had been alone, I might have thought it was. It was probably the clearest and quickest answer I had even gotten in my life. He said:
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give it to others!” Wow! I knew this was a scripture, so I immediately looked it up to see who had this direction in scripture. Here it is in today’s text, Jesus, giving the authority to do these things, to His disciples. Jesus told His disciples to reach the lost sheep of Israel by touching their infirmities in life. If they are sick, give them health. If they are diseased, give them cleansing. if they are dead, give them life. They received these things freely and should give them to others freely, expecting nothing in return.
My heart felt hope almost immediately. He was telling me; I could make a difference just by giving to others the things that I had already freely received from Him. I have been given new life, I have been given forgiveness, I have been given freedom from my past and I have been given divine protection from harmful things around me. I have been given the promises of God! Now I freely give these to others every opportunity that He gives me. It’s not that a make a public spectacle of myself to get the message of salvation out. But it is that I love people with the love that God my Father has given me. If they need healing, I pray for them. If they need financial help, I give to them or help them secure income. If someone needs a place to stay, I invite them into my home. Whatever the need, I do what I can to let them know they are important to me because they are important to God!
Today I want to encourage you to freely give what you have been freely given. Don’t hold back because of fear that you will not have enough for your own needs. Your heavenly Father knows what you have need of and takes care of you. Be that disciple of Jesus that gives the love of God to everyone He brings into your world. Let all other people know that they are valuable to you because they are valuable to God!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 10:5-15
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,
10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.
12 And when you go into a household, greet it.
13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!