In this story, a man with N500,000 in his account was visited by two people with financial requests. The first person asked for N100,000 but was denied, while the second requested N250,000 and received the full amount. Why did this happen?
Without the background context, one might judge the man for being partial or make assumptions to justify his actions. Let me provide a quick context for better understanding.
The first requester was a new acquaintance, while the second was a friend who had supported the man during his early years when he was struggling. The difference in treatment was based on the lens of the past. Because of the kindness he had received from the second individual, the man felt compelled to repay the generosity.
Our motivation is profoundly influenced when we view life through the lens of the mercy, generosity, or benevolence we have experienced. Those who have been shown kindness and view life through the prism of that kindness are more likely to be generous than those who have not.
This principle should significantly differentiate the life of a believer in Jesus. We have a philosophy based on the understanding that God has been exceedingly kind to us. He doesn’t ask us to be generous to Him, but rather to reflect that kindness in the way we treat others and the quality of life we lead.
You and I have been recipients of love, grace, and many undeserved gifts. How can the world around us benefit from the mercy we have received?