What does the verse “give to everyone who asks of you” mean?

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Jesus said, “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back” (Luke 6:30). The whole tone of the entire Sermon on the Mount makes it clear that giving should become a habit to Christians. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The Lord encourages His children to give saying, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).

But the instruction to “give to every man that asks” does not mean to give the person asking everything he asks for, nor does it require one to give something every time he is asked. A Christian is not obliged to give indiscriminately, regardless of the need. The giver must take into consideration the truthfulness of the need that is presented to him and he should make sure that in giving he is not cultivating a spirit of dependency and laziness by those that ask.

The Bible clearly teaches that “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Adam was told “in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Gen. 3:19). The Savior Himself, worked as “the carpenter,” set for us a worthy example to follow (Mark 6:3). Every person should work so that, in addition to supporting himself, he is able to help the needy (Eph. 4:28).

The stress here is on the necessity of the Christian to have a generous heart that is ready to give. He will not withhold his resources when he has the capacity to assist others. He will be will be willing to cooperate with others rather than to reject them. In doing so he will be following Jesus’ example who left heaven to come suffer and die to save humanity (John 6:38).

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BibleAsk Team

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