I’ve always thought of myself as someone who wouldn’t have a problem giving a stranger the coat off my back in the middle of a snowstorm. I always said I’d give all the money I had away if God told me to do so. But after recently reaching out to a girl who’s pregnant, dancing in the French Quarter for a living, and has no family, God showed me a side of myself I never knew existed.
As much as I love helping and going out of my way to do things for people, God showed me that I’ve been getting too comfortable with my surroundings. Sure, I’ll give someone my coat, but would I offer them dinner and a ride home, too? Yeah, I’ll give my money away, but would I also give my car or laptop? At what point has just doing what we’re comfortable with good enough? Where does the bible say to give until you start feeling uncomfortable or uneasy then don’t give anymore?
“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
I believe we’re called to give above and beyond.
“And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
Jesus says in Matthew 24:25, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ If nothing else, look at other people as if they were Jesus himself. What would you do for Him if you were face to face? Would you not give your all in honor, praise, love, and adoration? Would you not give him food if He were hungry? How about leaving everything behind to follow Him wherever He wants to go… would you do it? God says to test him when it comes to giving; He will greatly reward you if you give.
“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
However, instead of thinking of giving something because you know you’ll get a reward, think back on Matthew 24:25 and remember that whatever you do to others – good or bad – you’re doing to Christ.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill
“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” –Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“I [need to] be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” –Mother Teresa