Terms And Conditions Don’t ApplyI tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never – I promise – regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is Kind, you be kind. Luke 6:35-36 (MSG)
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On Tuesday, this beggar asked me for money to pay for his rent.
I drove off.
I was planning to drive off, and he knew it, so asked me to think about giving him some small change on my way back to the office so he could pay for his rent.
I wondered if this was true. This guy always a story for why he needs some money. Sometimes it’s for a trip to visit his mother or to get a painful tooth pulled out at the dentist or for a taxi home.
He always has a story.
I can never tell if it’s true.
On my way back to the office I decided I would give him some money for his rent.
I decided to give. But I’d put conditions on it.
Tell him he has to use it for rent. That he can’t take my money and use it for food or drink or maybe even drugs.
Then I stopped. Or rather God stopped me.
God whispered a question deep into my soul.
“Have I ever given you a gift with conditions attached? I who give you every good thing? I who know the depths of your character, the good, the bad and the ugly, have I ever given you a gift and told you to only use it for one thing?”
I thought about some of the gifts God’s given me: my husband, who God gave to me, without demanding that I am only loving and caring and kind to or else.
My writing about which God has never said I have to only use to glorify him. I could write whatever I want.
My job that never came with a condition to do only good things.
Sometimes, most times, God has given me guidelines so that I can live a good life but not conditions. Not, I’ll give you this only if you do what I want you to with it.
God has never put conditions on the things he’s given me.
He’s just opened his hand and dripped blessing into my life.
Even at my worst, God has generously and graciously filled my life with his gifts. (<-- Tweet this by clicking here)
He’s given it without condition.
Shouldn’t I do the same?
So I reached my hand out the window and dropped money into the beggar’s hand, smiled and told him to have a good day.
What gift has God given you without condition? Do you think there is a difference between conditions and guidelines? (I’d love for you to share in the comments below).