freely give freely receive The gospel is priceless but not worthless. Some people may have a hard time understanding it, but the gospel is free. It doesn’t stop there, though. The Bible teaches us “freely you have received, freely give.”

There are two lakes in Israel. One is the Sea of Galilee and the other is the Dead Sea. They share the same water source, but one is alive with a lot of fish while the other is completely dead.

freely give freely receive

The only difference between these two is that the Sea of Galilee keeps releasing water through the Jordan River. The Dead Sea just receives without releasing. This same principle applies to our lives. If we only receive but do not release, it may cause eternal death.

As a Korean American who was born in 1960’s Korea, I know about the poverty there. When I was born, most Korean people lived on a dollar per day. In those days, Compassion was the giver, and Korea was the receiver. More than 100,000 children around my age received God’s love, hope, and resources through Compassion for 40 years.

I came to America three decades ago, but still I remember how Korea turned around from extreme poverty to extreme prosperity. God blessed Korea abundantly. Material blessing is always a by-product of spiritual blessing, and many of my Korean friends began going to church and making Jesus their Lord and Savior.

Today, Korea is Compassion’s first “full-circle” country—from sponsored country to partner country. Korean Christians recognize now is the time to give back freely.

My testimony to 1.2 million Compassion children is this: If you and your family and your friends believe in Jesus, eventually your country will be blessed like Korea, and you will be able to give just as much as you have received.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” —Matthew 10:8, NIV

Prayer: Father God, please make us one in spirit so that we can continue to pursue our mission—to help all 27 sponsoring countries come full circle like Korea.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Baek works at the Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. as a Sponsor and Donor Program Korean Support Associate

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  1. Krystal
    Sep 7, 2012
    at 6:53 pm

    God doesn’t always choose to bless his followers with material blessings. That is evident in the lives of many faithful Christians who are poor. Our treasure is to be in heaven, not in the material blessings we may receive in this world (Matthew 6:19-21). I think it is quite harmful to tell people to believe in Jesus so that they’ll get material wealth. Jesus never promised that and neither should we.

  2. Stephen
    Oct 17, 2012
    at 10:10 am

    I do not believe “prosperity Gospel” as well. ..yes, it is dangerous and harmful rather I believe ” we must deny ourselves and take up our Cross to fellow Christ” I think main point of this article is to give a HOPE to children in poverty through good example of first full-circled country Korea. We need to keep pray for “release children from poverty in Jesus name” by His blessing to nations as well.

  3. Stephen
    Oct 17, 2012
    at 10:14 am

    Father God, please make us “one in spirit” so that we can continue to pursue mission—to help all sponsoring countries come full circle like Korea.

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