Remember the first day you got to drive a car? Alone? Maybe you were lucky enough to get a new car that day. Or maybe you were just grateful to be able to borrow the family car. Either way, you were given the gift of freedom. You didn’t have to depend on anyone to go where you wanted anymore. You could just go.
I got to drive the family car when I was 16 and the privilege to do so was a gift I didn’t take lightly. I had dreams of grandeur, driving around and picking up my friends to go and do… I don’t know what. We didn’t do a whole lot other than hangout and play basketball.
I found out quickly with my new found gift there was an expectation to share the gift with my sister. She was younger, but she needed the car to take her places also. I needed the car to get to the store, school, a friend’s house, and church. So did my sister. And now with the privilege of using the car, I was expected to take her to those places, too. In other words, since my parents had blessed me with the use of the car, I was to, in turn, to bless my sister.
This wasn’t what I wanted to do.
My sister annoyed me.
I didn’t want to take her anywhere.
It was my right to drive.
How quickly I forgot… It was a gift. I hadn’t paid for the car, the gas, the insurance. I hadn’t trained myself. My ability to drive and the car I drove were all a gift. Even though I had received a gift, I didn’t want to give any part of it to my sister.
This is how we often live as Christians. We have been given so much from God; salvation, forgiveness, love, mercy, grace, peace, etc. All of those are undeserved, unearned. Yet, do we give those to others since we have freely received them?
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you form behind The when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. – Isaiah 58:6-9
God has been more than generous with us! He gave wretched sinners the gift of salvation through His own Son’s blood (see John 3). He forgives what is unforgivable (see Psalm 103:10-12). He provides our every need (see Philippians 4:19). Because we have received so much, we should give to others as well.
Everything we have comes from the Lord, our clothes, our food, our money, our abilities, our salvation… we should share all of it with others. We can’t offer salvation, only Christ can offer that, and you might not be able to meet every need out there, but you can certainly offer forgiveness to others, kindness when it is undeserved, and grace to those who need it.
Now that you have been given the incredible privilege to drive, who in your life needs a ride?