5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8 Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Hold on to what you’ve got. Accumulate as much as you can. Take from others to get.
OK, so that’s an over the top generalisation, but that is the way much of the world around us acts. It is what a community based on the market place can become like. Jesus’ message clashes with this – freely you have received, freely give. God has given so much to us, but we’re not to hold on to it, but share it, to give it away!
Father, help me to follow this way in my life today. Show me how to be generous.