“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, NKJV)
This is one of those verses of scripture that is most often spoken of merely as it relates to money. You may hear this verse quoted in church during the offering period. Yet, when Jesus speaks these words, His focus is not merely on giving money. Indeed, Jesus is speaking of something of much more value than money.
To rightly understand what Jesus meant when He spoke these words, we need to read the verses preceding verse thirty-eight. In Luke 6:27-38, Jesus encourages His listens to give. Yet He speaks of giving love, generosity, mercy and compassion, friendship, goodness and forgiveness. Jesus informs us that we are to give all of these attributes to others if we hope to receive them back.
1. Are you a giver?
2. Too often too many wish to receive what they are not willing to give.
3. Are you one who believes you are entitled to receive from others rather than giving to others?
4. Money is a great resource to give to bless others, but do you know giving of yourself, forgiveness, compassion and mercy are more valuable than any dollar amount given?
Let us be mindful to give and mindful of what we give. Let the witness of your life be that you are a giver. As Jesus informs us, it is the givers that receive the promise of future blessings. God delights in those who are givers and therefore gives them more. Therefore, do not neglect giving love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, goodness, and friendship. And while you are giving, rejoice in knowing, that WHAT YOU GIVE, WILL BE GIVEN!