A couple weeks ago I read some words of Jesus that have been resonating in my mind and heart. Jesus is sending out his twelve apostles and he says to them, ‘You received without paying; give without pay’ (Matthew 10.8).
It seems to me there’s hardly a better summary of the gospel and its intended effect on our lives.
I begin this day as one who has received everything I have from God as a gift. I earned none of it. He chose me before the foundation of the world in Christ, before I was here to do either good or bad. I was his enemy before he made me his child. Every good thing I enjoy in life, and my guarantee of the blessed life to come, is a gift from God.
So, because I’ve received without paying, I’m to give without pay today. I’m to speak gospel words and do gospel works, speaking and serving in a way that manifests that I’ve received freely, so I can now give freely. This has major implications for my marriage, my family, my work, my neighbors — every aspect of my life.
Lord, may we live as gospel people today, receiving grace and graciously giving.