Seems like you can’t even give away something for free these days. That apparently is the way that Serge Vorobyov feels. This 29-year-old Minnesota man says he was only trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing 1,000 one dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America on Black Friday. He was cited for disorderly conduct.
Serge said it was his last $1,000 and since he was going through a divorce, lost his car-hauling business; he had hoped the positivity of throwing the money would come back to him. The police saw it differently as he stamped his YouTube address on the bills and later admitted it was all a publicity stunt.
What a shame that the motive was wrong. It could have been such a nice gesture. Jesus wanted no hint of controversy when in Matthew 10 he said to the 70 he sent out that they were to proclaim as they went, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.”
When is the last time you did something for free? Maybe you gave away something, or paid someone’s dinner bill. As believers in Jesus we are called to live this kind of life. After Serge’s stunt, some will be even more skeptical when someone gives with no strings attached. Do something to combat the cynicism we face today and give. Be inspired to give away something in order to win the chance to share the life changing free gospel of Jesus.
7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
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