"Freely Give"

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By: Autumn Sisk


Matthew 10:8, “…Freely you have received, freely give.” (NIV)


Grace. Do you know what the word Grace means? It literally means that you are given something with no expectation of getting anything in return and it’s usually something we don’t deserve. We don’t really see as much grace in our lives as we should, but if each of us were to think about it, we have all received many gifts of grace in our lifetimes. The most common gift of grace that I can think of is given to us by our parents. They take care of us in every way from the time we are born until adulthood, and have no expectation of us giving anything back to them. They know that we cannot do much in return except love them, and quite frankly, that is all they want from us.


When God decided to send His only son to earth to die as a sacrifice for our sins, He knew that we could never repay Him for that gift. His hope for this sinful world was that we would recognize His gift of grace and love Him. We definitely did not (and still do not) deserve the wonderful gift that He sent down for us, and no matter what we do, we will never be able to repay Him or thank Him enough for it. That was not the point at all. Just like our parents’ love for us no matter how disrespectful and ungrateful we can behave toward them, God’s love for us is the same, only on a bigger scale. By sending Jesus, His most beloved Son, He proved to us that we are worth everything to Him. He knows we aren’t perfect. He sees our faults and knows our weaknesses, yet He still freely gives His gift of Grace to us.


For those who have chosen to accept God’s gracious gift of Grace in Jesus, we are asked to do one thing in return: share with others his gift of love and Grace. If we truly recognize the greatness of this God-given gift, we should feel compelled to share it with others. It is not something we had to sacrifice to receive. We were given this gift when we were still sinners, disrespectful and full of selfishness. God wants us to share His gift of Grace with others who are in the same place as we were before Christ came into our lives. In an effort to share with others God’s great gift, we should take the time to give without expecting anything in return. This is the essence of God’s love and grace towards us: “Freely you have received, freely give.” If you are serious about showing your gratitude toward your Heavenly Father, get out there and share His love and grace with those in your community. It will make Him proud.


Prayer:


Lord, thank You for your great gift to us. Please enable me to share this gift with everyone around me that they may realize Your goodness and accept Your grace. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Related Resources:


Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, by Alex & Brett Harris


Think About It:


What are a couple of gifts you have received that you will never forget?


When you give someone a gift, do you usually expect something in return? Why is this?


Live It:


Start thanking your parents for all they do for you. Also, be sure the take time to thank your Heavenly Father daily for all He does for you.


Make a list of good deeds you would like to do for others. Begin doing these one at a time until you need to make a new list.

Power Verses:


2 Corinthians 5:17-18, ”…Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him.” (NLT)

Romans 3:23-24, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (NIV)


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