I have not been super stealthy about the fact that I am not a supporter of President Trump's recent immigration travel ban or wall proposal at the Mexican border (don't worry, that is not what this post is about), but my feelings toward those issues is what drove my response to the mantra above. SO much so, that before I knew it, I was on Etsy ordering the largest frame I could find to prominently display in our home. Yet, as I was picking out my stain color and font choice it occurred to me that this saying isn't right either - at least not if I call myself a follower of Jesus.
Jesus did not just call us to give out of excess, he never talked about giving by starting with "when you have more than you need..." No, Jesus' view toward giving was so much more radical and extreme than that. In fact, this is what he said:
"‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"
"And he (Jesus) told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Our giving should force a change on our standard of living.
Our giving should make us get creative with budgeting.
Our giving should open our doors
Our giving should force longer tables and more bedrooms.
Our giving should transform this verse from words into action:
So don't only build that table when you have more than you need, just build the table and knock down the fence even if you don't have all you need. Where hearts are open and passionate about caring for others, God ALWAYS provides what is needed.
Let your love be an overflow of the one that first loved you. The one that didn't just love people out of excess or even the same amount that he loved himself, rather He loved YOU to the point of ultimate sacrifice.