“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” – Matthew 10:8
Christ specifies that the message of the kingdom is not something they should ever sell. The disciples had received it for free from Jesus, and they were to offer it freely to all who would come and hear and believe. The heart of the good news of Jesus is the grace of God, which is always a free gift (Ephesians 2:8–9). Connecting faith to material prosperity is a grave mistake; attempting to “sell” salvation is a despicable sin.
Freely we have received, freely we should give.
So Jesus is making the point here that since we have received this grace, mercy, love, hope, compassion, forgiveness so freely, we should therefore give it freely.
Here’s the question for today. Do you freely give?