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Last Jesus generated general money principle:
Be as generous as reasonable.
Just kidding! Of course that is not a Jesus principle.
It is how I wish Jesus thought about resources. I really, really wish that.
No, Jesus does not want us to be as generous as reasonable.
He wants us to be generous beyond reason.
There was nothing reasonable in the Samaritan’s actions (Luke 10:25-37). Reasonable would be calling 911 and leaving things to the authorities.
There was nothing reasonable in touching and healing the leper (Matthew 8:1-4). Reasonable would be tossing him some bread and maybe a few coins.
There was nothing reasonable in feeding the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21). I’m with the disciples on this one; reasonable would be to send them home so they could get their own food.
There was nothing reasonable in the widow’s giving (Mark 12:41-44).
There was nothing reasonable about the dad throwing the prodigal a party (Luke 15:11-32).
There was nothing reasonable about Jesus risking his neck for an adulterous woman (John 8:2-11).
There was nothing reasonable about the cross.
Nothing in his teaching or his example suggests that Jesus thought we should be reasonable with our generosity - with our time, talent or resources.
Maybe this is our litmus test.
When I’m finally (finally!) generous without resorting to reason, that’s when I can say I’ve mastered the general principles of finances - don’t let it rule, don’t let it come between, don’t sweat it.
When I get past the “don’ts,” and move on to the “do.”
Just my thoughts,