February 11, 2009
Today I just want to make a simple point from this passage. God revealed something to me here. Maybe it'll be elegant or profound because it's short; certainly because it's God's word. Either way it will be short.
"...as you go, preach, saying,'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7-8
Jesus told His disciples what He wanted them to do alongside of Him and carry on doing when He left. Preach, work miracles, and walk in authority as sons and daughters of God. He told His disciples; that's us. However you've understood this verse, make room for something. "Freely you have received, freely give." We have freely received salvation and power from the Spirit of the living God. Freely! What does that mean? It means that God is no respecter of men. He doesn't give to one and withhold from another. God gives these freely to anyone who is willing to receive it. That's how we're expected to give; "freely give". If you think only some people are supposed to move in power, only some people are supposed to pray and intercede for the sick and the broken, only some people are allowed to speak and hear prophetically from God, read this passage again. I challenge your thinking. God challenges your thinking.