No. 19 Go Thief!

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Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Luke 6:30

Are you getting the picture yet? The person that Jesus is describing through His commands is like Teflon, nothing sticks! Nothing can tarnish this heart of gold. All offenses, slaps on the face, backstabbing enemies, pushy tyrants, thieves and beggars, all simply slide away as fast as a downhill skier.

Jesus demands generosity for reasons very different than your average televangelist. The televangelist wants to enrich his kingdom, or simply pay his bills and so (s)he offers you in return the hope of a high yield investment that God will pay you (on his/her behalf.) Jesus doesn’t want a Ferrari. There are no malls where He lives. Jesus wants you to be generous to bless as He does and to practice letting go of your money or time.

He wants you to untie yourself from ropes that shackle you to this earth. A child of God must be able to rise when God calls on that Fearsome Day of the Lord. To rise to meet Jesus in the air at His Second Coming requires the ability to easily let go. Let go of your goods; let go of your money; let go of your resentment. Practice letting go in thirty seconds or less! Now, can you do it…in five?

Give it away, or let them take it from you. Don’t ask for it back. Don’t call the police.  Don’t judge the beggar; let God do that, just give.

Allowing people to take from you gives you one more opportunity to trust. See God smile.