Friday, April 4, 2014

Loosen the grip (Luke 6:34)

If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. (Luke 6:34 NASB)

This is the third of the examples of what loving your neighbor is not, and involves the lending of money. The practice of "sinners" was to loan money only to those they knew well and were certain could repay the debt. Jesus, however, said that if we lend only to those who are certain to repay, there's no credit in it. It was an astute play on words that indicates we are to loosen our grip on our financial resources and be willing to give to those in need regardless of their ability to repay. 

We want to receive with our hands wide open so that we can receive the maximum. We are to use those same open hands to hold our treasure, so that God can have access to it to do with as He wills. 

How tightly do we hold to our possessions?  Are we willing to give without expectation of return? 

Today, pray that we will loosen our grip on the resources God has placed in our hands and cheerfully allow Him to do as He will with what He has loaned us. Pray, too, that we can have that same freedom toward those we love, allowing God to move as He wills to bring transformative change to them. 
The link to last night's blog is here;