March 17, 2021

Ben Kiowski
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
Matthew 5:42

When we give, it is out of the abundance that Jesus gives us. Otherwise, how can we be expected to give. The direct instruction that we are given here strikes me as presumptive of our having something to give or lend. Whether we give of our material possession, our spiritual fulfillment, or our finances, we must do so not out of our self-aggrandized sense of resourcefulness and success, but instead from our spiritual poverty (Matthew 5:3) and our utter dependence on God for all necessary things (Matthew 6:25-26). Indeed this seems contradictory and a bit oxymoronic. However, it is only through the realization that we are utterly bankrupt in all dimensions of our humanity without the reconciling work of Jesus through his death, burial, and resurrection that we can achieve the genuine heart of benevolence necessary to heed these instructions. Out of our own selves we will never attain the ability to give in this way, but with God, all things are possible!

So let it be with us, dear Heavenly Father, that we receive your care, your reconciliation, and your salvation that turns our poverty into riches and our hearts to genuine benevolence. Whether we find ourselves in times of abundance or want, teach us to be ever generous as we dip deep into the endless well of your love and provision. Amen.