(Genesis 15-17, Matthew 5:27-48)
…so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45 ESV)
Don’t resist an evil person, turn the other cheek, give extravagantly, even from the one who’s taking all from you. Give to the one who begs and don’t refuse a person who asks to borrow. Why is Jesus calling us into this kind of giving? So that we may be sons of our Father who is in heaven.
This passage isn’t about money, although money is often the tool used. Jesus is calling us to see His Father, the one who gives and is good because He is Good. God’s goodness isn’t connected to the goodness of the recipient. In fact, the passage says, He sends his rain or provision on both the “just and on the unjust.” He gives because He’s good.
Jesus is calling us into freedom. We don’t have to live with clinched fists, we can open up our hands. In essence, he’s saying, if someone seeks to enslave you, set your heart to serve them. Not because they are worthy. Not because they are right. It is so that we can be found worthy, and so that we will be found righteous.
Our God is a consuming fire. He calls us to be messengers of fire. He calls us to be like Him. We don’t have to waste another minute taking the temperature, assessing the worthiness of the circumstance. All we have to do is burn!