DAY 265 OF 365 IN 2021
RECEIVING MUST FOLLOW GIVING
The opening and closing verses of today’s text are highlighted to draw our attention to something. There was first a giving,
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,” (Luke 9:1)
This giving was then followed by a receiving:
“And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere”(vs 6)
As the command was given, so was it executed. In addition, there were a set of actions that became the evidence that indeed what was given, had reached the hands of its recipients and acknowledged.
The juxtaposition of the two verses is to draw our minds to this “just because something has been given, does not mean it has been received”. Salvation is always the clearest of example, by the laying down of His Life, Jesus won and gave Salvation to all. Yet, not all are saved because like a gift, it has to be received.
Giving and receiving cannot be separated perpetually; By his divine power, God has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). For our part, it is to receive all the things that have been given. It sounds farfetched but many of the things we are looking for have been given, the question is ‘do we know how to receive them’.