Scripture: 1 Samuel 30:21-31
“…freely ye have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:8 (KJV)
When a child is given sweets by his father, the child, more often than not, would be unwilling to share his sweets with anyone else, not even with the father who had given him the sweets. People are naturally unwilling to share what they have received; even when it is received free.
Some of David’s men had the notion that the spoil that had been recovered was only for those who had directly gone into the battle. They wanted nothing for those who remained behind. They forgot that the men who remained behind had a part to play in the entire success of the battle (v24). These men must have safe-guarded certain items. It could also be that while waiting for the return of their colleagues, they interceded for their success? Why take the glory and the entire spoil because you harvested the fruits? Do not forget that someone may have done the planting, another, the watering; and God gave the increase. Your success may have come because someone laid the groundwork. David realized their success really did not come by their efforts, but from God (v.23).
Have you received something with or without effort? Remember, there is nothing you have that was not given to you by God (Jn 3:27). Do not be selfish with it. Be willing to share your success with others. Share the good things you have received; and most importantly, share the gospel with the unsaved. Freely you have received, freely give.
Lord, I refuse to be selfish; I receive the grace to be a giver in Jesus name, Amen.
I am of Christ; I share who I am in Him. I share what I have with others.