“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back”
The expression quid pro quo essentially means to do a favor for someone in return for something. It seems like a just and fair way to live, except Jesus has a dramatically different picture in mind when it comes to how He expects us to live our lives.
We tend to do favors only for people we like, and people who are like us. But Jesus expects us to reach out toward the fringes where there is absolutely no quid pro quo. This kind of outreaching love and care is what distinguishes the early church from today’s church.
Today’s church seems to have forgotten that we are all recipients of God’s grace and provision. None of us can repay God for the various ways in which we have been blessed. There is no quid pro quo between us and God. No matter our circumstances, if we are alive enough to read this, then we are blessed and cannot repay God for that blessing.
So the next time we question why we should be generous to street kids, drug addicts and people who cannot reciprocate, we should remember that on the other side of our blessings is a God who can ask the same questions about us.
Dear God, as I have generously received Your good gifts, help me to pursue opportunities to be generous to others. Amen.