Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 17
February 3, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<412> Thesis: Give without expecting any return. Introduction: According to 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, two of the major reasons for honest labor are providing an honest testimony toward unbelievers and providing for your own needs. And, according to Ephesians 4:28, a third reason for working is to be able to "give to him that needeth". These really boil down to two: providing for your own needs and the needs of others. In our last study in Luke, we considered Jesus' requirement that we "withhold not our shirts" when someone would take our coats. We discovered that Jesus was addressing the particular situation that existed when a poor person, operating under the Law of Moses, turned to a wealthier one for a "loan" and pledged his clothes for collateral. The instruction of Jesus was definitive: pay your debts even if it leaves you naked and humiliated. This morning we are going to look at the next thing Jesus said. It is recorded in Luke 6:30 and consists of a command to "give to everyone who asks of you and do not ask for what you have given to be returned". As with all of the other instructions, this one needs to be understood according to its own context.