"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return." - Luke 6:35
Jamie and I were talking today on the phone and I asked her a question. The question was basically, "Does God love me in order to get me to do stuff for Him?" A lot of people would have you believe so.
But how is it that Jesus, God Himself, can say that the Law says to lend, expecting nothing in return, and yet we believe that God does expect something in return?
Does God bless me and love me to get me to do stuff for Him or just because He loves me and He delights in doing good to me?
Am I saying that I don't get full of the love of Jesus and it spills into the lives of others? Absolutely not! But is God's motivation in giving grace and love so that I will return the favor? Absolutely not! "Even sinners lend to sinners to give back the same amount." (Luke 6:34)
God gives blessing, love and grace because He loves you, not because He expects anything from you.
Wallow in the love of God, freely. There are no hidden fees.