In the Name of Love

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May we freely share the gifts of our talents and uniqueness.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 10:8-9

“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick.”

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This does not compute in our consumerist, quid pro quo culture.

When we receive something…we pay something.

When we give something…we expect something in return.

Let’s face it…this even goes for our relationships.

If I do a good deed for you…I kind of expect you’ll at least thank me.

But Jesus’ basically says that we have been given life and eternal life without cost…so we ought to give ourselves in service without expectation of being paid in return.

Now, I know in our culture…we have to make a living.

But Jesus is talking about true reliance on God…on a Higher Power…on a Love that will never let us go.

Jesus instructs his followers to share the love they’ve been lavishly given without expecting a reward.

The reward is in the giving.

And in the giving we will surely receive love that will outlast any material payment

Jesus wants his followers to let go of any attachment to money…clothing…or whatever else we are giving a top priority.

It’s only then that we are truly free to appreciate how much we’ve been given.

Share this Good News with someone today.

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Listen to the song of the day “Shall We Sing” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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