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How to Live of Minimal Effect

Take special care to scope him out
Spend time with the powerful, influential
Who, if you scratch a back or two
May just scratch yours back

Do a favor for a friend you love
To see their face and appreciation
Knowing, even deep, your turn will come
Maybe repayment is even sweeter

Give to your family in caring heart
Do what wasn’t done enough for you
Gain and prove you’re better than dad was
You do what he never could

Offering plate passes, throw in a little
Self righteous duty marks the checklist
Maybe you should meet that pastor later
Make sure he’s spending properly

What does it mean?
Who cares?
Where are the sons?
Where are the merciful?
Where are the lovers of God?

32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. –Luke 6:32-36

I’m guilty. Big picture is, it’s not all about me.

If I only reach out to those those who can help in some way, give to those who love me, take care of my family–who cares? Even some of the worst sinners will do that.

I prove I’m His by doing something about the brokenness around me. Generously giving when a need arises. Taking care of people who could never repay me. This is not overachieving sainthood. This is the minimum. That’s what grace does.


Living this way marks me as a son, as a lover of God.

How do these verses challenge or stir you today?

A Warrior Poet Circle post.


  1. These verses challenge me to step out of my comfort zone, to say “hi” to a stranger, to give to the homeless, to do the small jobs that no one else wants to do around the church simply because it needs to be done.

    • Me too, TC. Reminds me God has a much bigger vision than just me and my current circumstances and I get to be a part of that. Thanks so much.

  2. Good reminder, Jason. We fell all self righteous when we do the things that even animals do with instinct. It is the thing that defies a fallen instinct that change the hearts of others, not our actions, the fact that another can pull of those actions speaks to the fact that their is a supernatural force in this world to all who contemplate… May they find and realize our Father. A heart to serve without expectation… that is God in us…

    • Yes! Jesus in us, the hope of glory! Thanks Floyd.

  3. It is easy to justify being nice to someone. What I need to check when i do these things is my motive. Why am I doing what I am doing? If done with the right heart and motive, then I am above all being more than just nice. I am also showing God’s heart. Well said and good challenge jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..ValuesMy Profile

    • Exactly. There’s no problem being a nice person or even doing something you know will be reciprocated. It’s just that this doesn’t make you a Christian, a son of the Father. It’s the giving and expecting nothing, caring when you’ve been rejected, etc. That’s what causes the Father to see Himself in us! Thank you, Bill.

  4. I’ve been challenged in the past few days to really step up how I serve those who are in need. It’s one thing to talk about being a jesus, it’s another to really help those who are in physical need.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Greater than You KnowMy Profile

    • There are so many needs around us that we can become blind to them, Jesus never did. He was drawn to the hurting, broken, and those forgotten. I want to be the same. Thanks Jason.

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