“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Luke 6:30
Jesus gives a command that many do not look at. He tells you to give to anyone who asks you.
There are people who love to help out and give of their time, strength and money on a regular basis. Occasionally some of those people get very discouraged about having to give so much. They feel that other people are taking advantage of them.
Here, Jesus is telling you to give and keep on giving and never stop giving. Look at what Jesus gave–ultimately His life for you.
You are to not worry about how much you gave or how you will make it if you give everything. If someone asks of you, you are supposed to supply their need if you have it. You are to trust God to meet your own needs. You are, also, to trust God in what you give to someone else. It is not your job to worry about how they will use what you gave them.
Along with unlimited giving, Jesus also stated not to demand back anything taken from you.
Whenever someone has something taken from him, the first thing he does is demand it back. The person may do the demand in person or through a court, but the demand is still there.
You are supposed to let the person have what they have taken. A harsh reality of this is seen when a thief steals something from you. Even though you have a legal right to demand it back, Jesus says not to do so.
Jesus gave without any limits to everyone. He also laid down His life for them to take it. He did not demand any of it back.
God may use you to touch the life of someone else through your giving, and not demanding anything back. Maybe God is using you to meet a need in someone else. Maybe God is using your allowing the person to have what was stolen to touch their life with Jesus.
Are you willing to give to others? Are you willing to let others have what they have taken from you? Are you willing to trust God for all of your needs?
I pray today that God will show you that He will meet all of your needs; that you will have the heart of God to give; that you will not demand back anything; that you will reach out in love to meet the needs of others; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.