You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
When I think of what Jesus did, I remember that when he died, my sins of rebellion against his divine majesty had not even been committed yet. And as he paid a terrible cost for my sin and yours, he knew that folks like us would go right ahead and commit sins that he was dying to forgive.
I remember one night being called to a neighboring town. A guy was (supposedly) out of gas and he would send me a check when he made it home. I gave him the twenty, and he turned to leave. I said, “Wait you ‘ll need this” and I gave him my card. I was a little put out because he was lying to me and we both knew it. I said. “If you send me the twenty, I will do this again. If you don’t, it’s the last time.” He didn’t send it.
For a long time, I didn’t give any travelers any cash. I’d put gas in the tank. Put groceries in the car. Sometimes arrange for a night’s stay at the Motel through the ministerial association. But no cash…ever.
I have a friend who said, “I give so I can be obedient to my calling, what they do with what God provides after that is between them and God.” Do I think it’s wise to give cash to strangers? Most of the time, no. But sometimes, if that Spirit God put in me seems to expect it of me…the answer can be “yes.” And then I have to trust that God will work with them from there on. Have I bought drugs for an addict? Maybe so. But while I was lost in my sins Jesus died for me, and for other ungodly folks like me. He didn’t say, “I’ll only die if you use your freedom wisely.” And that gift puts to shame the few dollars I might “risk” on a stranger. His gift can inspire our generosity in many, many ways.