Luke 6:38 (NIV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
I am now on my fourth day of Donate:365. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to giving and what God says about it.
In Luke 6:38, we are told that if we give, we will receive overflowingly and abundantly what we give. I’m heard this verse for years. Have you? But, I’ve only hear it during offering. And, only verse 38; no more.
This scripture is buried in the teachings of Jesus with no mention of money. In my Bible, it’s under the heading “Judging Others.” Let me give you the entire section for context.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Life lessons from Jesus himself. So easy. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, you know. (Matthew 11:30)
We are not to expect to receive more stuff, money, material goods, etc..
Receiving has a lot of different meanings.
We can receive those things, too, though.
In Genesis 24:1 (NIV), we are told just how much God blessed Abraham.
Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. (Emphasis added)
“In every way.” God speaks repeatedly about following His commandments and what you will receive. His promises are true. He wants to bless you.
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you may have noticed that I adore Chapter 6 of Matthew. If you haven’t read it, I invite you to meditate on it today. It gives you everything you need as a Christ follower in one succinct chapter. (Click here to read it from BibleGateway.com)
Here’s a snippet for you. Matthew 6:25 – 34 says,
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
We are to consider today. And, today only. What we need, we receive today. In His will. In His timing.
It’s as simple as that.
Be blessed today.