Give to everyone who ask you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Luke 6:30
Give, Give, Give. Did you read it well? Give to everyone who ask you. Notice He didn’t say give to your friends, or give to your brother, sister, family, or give to your neighbours. He said Give to everyone who ask you. It could be a friend, family, stranger, the person who did you wrong, that boy or girl who broke your heart, or the person who betrayed you. Give to your enemy. We are followers of Jesus Christ and we represent LOVE. When Jesus was hurt, beaten, slapped, etc He said Father forgive them.
In verses 32 and 33 He said “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
The second part says “And if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” If anyone takes your money, phone, food, cloth, etc, do not demand it back. Serving God is becoming more complex than you thought. Right?
Why would Jesus make such statement?
We are here for someone else. That is you are blessed to be a blessing to others. God told Abraham that “I will bless you and make you a blessing”. Without those you could help, you have no value. Yeah! That is true. Without us, the death of Jesus would have been meaningless. God created you, and He blessed you so that you would stretch your hands to help those in need. I know this sound difficult but let us examine what Jesus told the rich young man when the man told Jesus he had kept the law from youth. Mark 10:21 “21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;” Giving is an opportunity for to open an account in Heaven where we would depositing as and when we give to those in need. When you give generously, God will set the right people on your way to help you when you encounter any difficulties.
You may say “De Preacher …but I can’t let it go. This person took my money and I can’t let him have all. He spoilt my phone; He has to pay for it. He destroyed my property. This, or that; it is all I have”. Wouldn’t you rather believe in God and be blessed?
The scripture tells us in Proverbs 11:23 that “one man gives freely, yet grains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Some of us are selfish. They only think about themselves; what they would eat, drink, put on, drive, etc. They are so selfish that they wouldn’t mind killing their fellow brother or sister for Job position. As Proverbs put it, one man stores for the future, He keeps others away from enjoying his wealth, yet he comes to poverty. It is only a matter of time. Hey! Stingy person does not make any friends and hurt himself in the long run. But generosity is the path to blessing and further prosperity.
I want to encourage you today not to take back what you have given out to a friend, family member, stranger, enemy, etc, and to make a decision from today that if anyone takes what is yours, you are not going to demand it back. You want to know why, when God gives, He never takes back.
I will close with Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you”
As you give, you would be storing up treasures in Heaven.
Someone is in need today, Show some LOVE.