Give freely!

“Freely you have received; freely give.” – Matthew 10:8

The great Victorian preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said…

“The heart does not receive the blood to store it up, but while it pumps it in at one valve, it sends it forth at another. The blood is always circulating everywhere, and is stagnant nowhere; the same is true of all the fluids in a healthy body, they are in a constant state of expenditure…

“The whole of the human system lives by giving. The eye cannot say to the foot, I have no need of thee, and will not guide thee; for if it does not perform its watchful office, the whole man will be in the ditch, and the eye will be covered with mire…

“Let us learn, then, from the analogy of nature, the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that to get good and become spiritually vigorous, we must do good, and seek the spiritual good of others.”

A heart of giving is the heart of Christ. And to give of yourself – whether it’s time, money, resources, or energy – is to have the same heart toward others that Jesus has toward you.

So give freely today, as Christ has given to you. And discover the joy that fills your heart when you empty it for others.

Prayer Challenge

Thank God for pouring out His grace in your life. And ask Him for the strength and opportunity to show that same spirit of generosity to others in need.

Questions for Thought

What are some ways you could give of yourself today on behalf of others?

Even if you’re unable to meet with them, are there people you could care for today through your prayers?