Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Years ago a young man shared with me that he took this scripture literally and gave money to everyone who asked him. He had shared openly with his church that this was what he was doing, only to be told by the elders of the church that this should be reconsidered as he needed to use wisdom. Was the young man incorrect in his approach or just following the scripture? Before that question can be answered we must first understand the principle that Jesus was teaching. While some people will only give to those who will give back to them, what Jesus was saying is that we should be kind to even those who will not or cannot give back to us – this includes the poor, unthankful and evil persons. Years ago I gave a small amount of money to a beggar at a stop light and he gave it back to me saying he did not want it. In response I had vowed never to give to him again, but based on the teaching of Jesus I was wrong. Although not easy, choose to be kind to not only the poor, but also the unthankful and evil persons.
Now that we understand the principle that Jesus was teaching, we can conclude that nothing was wrong with what the young man was doing, but as the elders would have said, wisdom was needed as monetary gift is not always the best way to provide assistance to someone in need.
The reason we must help those who are poor, unthankful and wicked is because by doing so we attract the blessings of the Lord. Based on Luke 6:34, if we only help those who can give back to us, there are no thanks or blessings associated with that as even the sinners do the same. Helping those who cannot or will not help us in return requires love and when practiced differentiates us from those who are not yet in the Kingdom of God.
Do not let your decision to give assistance to others be driven by whether or not they have been good to you or have the capacity to pay you back; it should be premised in love.
Life Application: Expand the assistance you give to include the poor and needy. God will reward you.
Prayer: Lord, give me your heart towards others. May I give according to your word without discrimination. In Jesus name, amen.