give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
In God’s Word He implores us to be “like” Him in many ways. To love, to be holy, to be generous, to be compassionate. In the previous verses (36-37) Jesus is telling us to show mercy, not judge, not condemn, and to forgive others like He does. In verse 38 Jesus then asks us to give, but how should we give? How does God give? Does God give stingily? No! He gives abundantly – “I have come so that you may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) It’s in God’s nature to give, so it should not be a surprise to us that He wants us to be generous givers.
We should be generous with the gifts that God has given to each of us – to use them for His purposes. We should be generous in extending mercy and forgiveness to others – as He does with us. And we should be generous with what He has given to us monetarily as well. Since it all comes from Him, we should be willing to give back to God for His purposes.
There is a sense of reciprocity here on two accounts. One, we will be treated as we treat others. Two, we will receive a reward (future) based on how we give. These two ideas are related – if we have a miserly attitude about forgiving others or have difficulty extending grace to others, how will we see our finances? Will we be open to giving back to God if we have a condemning spirit towards a brother?
Let’s resolve to be like God here too – to be generous givers, to give abundantly from the great blessings Jesus has already given to us and will give us in the future.
- Are there areas where you are holding back in your giving?
- Are you extending mercy and forgiveness in a way that is generous?
- Are you holding on to “things” (possessions and money) tightly?
Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Guy Bunyard, Elder