“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?” Luke 6:33
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a drive-thru endowment when you find out the car in front of you has paid for your meal? What a wonderful feeling! Maybe you were even thoughtful enough to pay-it-backward to the vehicle proceeding you. It’s a gesture that often becomes popular this time of year when we are all feeling in the Christmas spirit!
But why do this? Why spend money for someone else’s food —especially someone we don’t know and who may be hostile to the faith? Why give without any hope of return? It sounds countercultural, but the idea has strong biblical basis.
Notice what Jesus said as He addressed a large crowd: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?” Clearly, Jesus wants us to do good to people who can in no way pay us back.
Whether we’re paying someone’s bill at McDonalds or dropping change into the Salvation Army kettle, our concern should be selfless giving — whether we get credit for it or not. In Jesus’ name, who can you bless today with comfort and joy?