Devotion of the Day

Depository or Dispenser?

Freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:8.

Jesus speaks of the instructed scribe as a householder who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old. We are stewards of the manifold grace of God, not to keep it but to share it. We have a treasure in earthen vessels. The Gospel is not a secret to be hoarded but a story to be heralded. From the carcass of the lion Samson carried handfuls of honey.

Our Lord said that the Living Water should be in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life, and that from within us should flow rivers of living water. Peter said to the lame man, “Such as I have give I thee.”

“To have is to owe, not own,” and we are dispensers of God’s grace, not depositories. It is a day of good tidings, and if we hold our peace it will go ill with us. Too many Christians are stuffing themselves with Gospel blessings, while millions have never had a taste. We are debtors to all men to give freely what we have freely received.