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It’s Better to Give and Receive

“Following Jesus will mean surrendering the power that masquerades as security in order to love the neighbor and welcome the stranger. It will mean avoiding the safe path in order to pursue the good.”  – Scott Bader-Saye

We’ve been studying some of Jesus’ challenging teaching in Matthew 10. Last week (Matthew 10:24-37) Jesus said he didn’t come to make our lives cozy – we were to put God first, even before family.

This week (Matthew 10:38-42) Jesus says, “Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving help.”) Jesus goes on to say, “The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice.” That seems to fly in the face of “It’s better to give than receive.” (Acts 20:35)

It can be difficult to accept help or a random gift, but our welcome of someone’s hospitality toward us can in fact be an act of hospitality. Yes, giving and putting others first is where Jesus leads us. But sometimes we embrace the power in being the one to give and we miss out on the fullness of life Jesus offers. Jesus invites us to give up power and don’t sweat the small stuff.

We want to welcome you tomorrow for worship at 10:00 am MDT via the stream. Pastor Dave will be asking you to text him what symbolizes hospitality and acceptance for you. It won’t be the same without YOU.

Grace be with you, Vikki