“And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.” – Luke 6:34
When you give something to someone, do you do it out of the goodness of your heart? Or do you do it expecting something in return? The past few days, we have been talking a lot about blessings. A true blessing is when you receive something you have not earned.
God loves to bless us. He loves to reward us or gift us something that we did not earn. But not only does He give us something we didn’t earn, He gives to us knowing we cannot pay Him back. And sometimes, that is exactly why He does it.
You see, what God is doing is setting an example for you and me. One reason we are sometimes reluctant to take His blessings (or the blessings of others) is because we feel like we now owe Him, that we are in debt to Him. But God doesn’t view it that way at all.
And He wants us to view blessings the same way. When we give, we should give without expecting in return. After all, that isn’t giving…that is a trade. That is an eye for an eye. But that is not what God has called us to do.
Luke 6:34 says, “And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.”
See, anyone can lend money to someone who will fully pay them back. What does that take? But as Christians, we should be in the “blessings business.” When you give, do so without return.
And this doesn’t just mean money. It could be your time. It could be your resources. It could be anything. God has blessed you. And He wants you to extend that blessing to others. And a true blessing is one that doesn’t have any expectation for something in return.
Just give. And give without expectation.