But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. (Matthew 10:6-8 AMP)
Before the GPS, my nieces and nephews and i were all younger and would go on adventures without planning. We’d get in the car aimed at one place and end up touring the city. I was driving them and i was quite directionally challenged. We. Were. Lost. Not once but almost every time we loaded the car with a few of us. That was some of my most fun times. But to be lost alone without someone to ask directions, to possibly be in danger, to be confused is all very stressful and even fearful.
That’s why this verse. God was concerned for his straying people, feeling like there’s no one to ask directions, maybe in danger and confused. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Near. Jesus was near their lives and their hearts…
Jesus in His humanness couldn’t be everywhere at once so He sent His disciples to help out. His call to them was freely give. Freely pour out tenderness, healing, and compassion. The way they could do this was Jesus’ teaching, His grace, His daily care of each of their needs had been given freely to them. He had been very near.
We’ve been blessed to be a blessing
We’ve been loved to give His love
~ Scott Wesley Brown