Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Giving That Runs Over by Martin Wiles

No sooner had we moved than physical limitations caused one income to disappear. Soon, our power bill was delinquent by several hundred dollars. Though we agreed on a payment plan, the extra amount taxed our budget. Two hundred dollars seemed unreachable.

Sharing troubles with friends can decrease stress, so that’s what we did. One friend wanted to help and asked to see the bill. After a few moments, she handed it back to my wife who in turn left to pay. When she removed our friend’s assistance to add with our check, she discovered enough money to pay the entire balance we owed-delinquent included. “I’ve been blessed,” was our friend’s response when we thanked her and “I don’t want anything” when we attempted to repay her kindness with benevolent acts.

Jesus’ instructions about a giving attitude were similar. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap (Luke 6:38 NLT).

Giving that runs over is unconditional as God’s gift to humanity was. Ours came with no strings attached. No “Remember You Owe Me” hanging over our head. Our friend gave because God prompted her, because we had a need, and because God had blessed her.

I should also give expecting nothing in return. Expectations uncover ulterior motives. We tried to repay our friend with accolades and small inexpensive gifts but heard, “I don’t want anything.”

Furthermore, when others thank you for your gifts, remain humble. “God has blessed me,” is a good attitude. It was our friend’s. She didn’t give to add another notch in her giving gun belt or to brag to others about what she’d done. Just a humble outstretched hand.

Let God take your giving to another level.

Prayer: God, we acknowledge our resources are gifts from You. Prompt us to use them to bless others and build Your kingdom.

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