Your Giving QuotientHandbook 1: Article 43 - How's Your Kingdom Coming?

"Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't worry about getting them back."

Luke 6: 30

Most of us would be happy if this scripture were ripped right out of the Bible. But since this is one of Jesus' commands we try occasionally to deal with it in some manner.

When someone asks us for something (and they seldom do) we consider how much it will cost us. We ask ourselves, "are they worthy". We tell ourselves that we are stewards of God's money and we must be very careful with it. We consider what they are going to use it for -- is it moral, is it necessary, is it worthwhile? And worst of all -- is it a con?

Jesus suggested none of these things. Very simply He said to "give what you have to anyone who asks you for it." No human reasoning or logic is required to determine what He meant. Simple, straight forward, nothing between the lines, easy to understand.

Yes, easy to read and understand but difficult to follow. Friends in Christ, we own nothing. What we have, God has given to us. If He says to give it to anyone who asks, then how can we keep it? Yes, we can keep it but at what price from our spiritual account? On the other hand if we freely give He may richly bless us the more. (See Luke 6: 38) Then again He may not.

To whom do I commit my service and possessions? God or man? Or number 1?

HLC

What is your "GQ" -- Your Giving Quotient?

If you had two pairs of shoes and your Christian brother had none, would you give him a pair of shoes?

If you had two cars and your Christian brother had none, would you give him a car?

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