Sons are free.
"Then the sons are free " (v26)
Sons still sacrifice.
"Nevertheless, lest we offend them..." (v27)
The Point: We do not make sacrifices under compulsion, but out of compassion.
Respect and concern for the welfare of others before ourselves is one of the hallmarks of genuine Christian life. This means that we do not demand our rights as sons and daughters of God, but each day we gladly take up our role, deliberately carrying out our Father's business of compassion, mercy and restoration.
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak." (Romans 14.20-21)
Weird things happen all the time when God is involved.
"When you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money."(v27)
Peter had to do some work.
"Go to the sea, cast in a hook." (v27)
The Point: God's provision requires our participation (usually)
Fascinating fact: this is the only miracle of Jesus that involves money. What's even more interesting is that Jesus didn't pull a coin out from behind Peter's ear! Peter's participation was required in order for God to reveal the fullness of His strength. Note that God could have provided in a different way, but specifically chose to honor Peter's work.
"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." (2 Thess 3.10)
Take It Home
What privileges do you claim that prevent you from serving?
What provision from God have you missed by refusing to participate in His work?