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.
Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Read: Luke 6:37-38
Consider: Having spoken about how we should treat those who treat us badly, Jesus moves on to how we should share things with others.
While society teaches us to look after number one (ourselves), Jesus tells us to be willing to share generously. It would be easy to read Luke 6:38 as an incentive to give generously, because we know we will receive back generously. However, that is not the reason for Christians to be generous. Expecting returns on your ‘investment’ means that you would already be seeing the giving with incorrect motives.
Look at the term used – ‘a good measure’. What Jesus has in mind is not a short measure, or even the exact measure expected. The very visual phrases ‘pressed down’, ‘shaken together’ and ‘running over’ indicate that the person receiving the gift receives much more than expected. The phrases used also mean that the giver gives much more than expected.
So what is to be the defining characteristic of Christian giving? Jesus says: For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Our giving should be characterised by generosity, not because we seek to be refunded by God. We should give generously because it reveals the true nature of our heart.
Pray: Father, forgive us for so often not being willing to give generously. It is easy to be worried about having enough for ourselves. Teach us that giving generously reveals the true nature of our heart. Amen