Luke 6:38 – “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.” NKJV
Have you ever been guilty of overlooking the obvious because it is so simple? I have. But the more I have studied the subject of ‘giving’ in Scripture the more I come back to this verse and them more one little item leaps off the page at me. There is something simple yet profound in this passage that too many miss.
There is a process, a principle, and a potential revealed here that if we grasp will transform our lives for the good. I believe that or would not say it. It all centers on a two-letter word that totally transforms this passage. That word is ‘I T’.
Few would question Jesus’ instructions regarding ‘giving’ and that we ‘give’ and ‘receive’ as part of God’s process. But did you carefully notice this passage? Jesus says, “Give, and IT…” It will be given to you. That return will be ‘good measure’, ‘pressed down’, ‘shaken together’, and ‘running over’ that men will give to you. He further said that the return will be by the same proportion of the giving. All that is powerful and frightening at the same time! I have learned both in Scripture and experience that God will not be out-given. He notices what we do!
Before I get to the ‘I T’ of this passage I want to address the principle of “Sowing & Reaping”. In natural ‘sowing’ the harvest or reaping is always more than is sown, later than what was sown. Simply, if you plant watermelon seed you will not reap a harvest of grapes. The harvest is virtually never immediate but later and there is the cultivation of the soil, the care of the plants that spring from the seed, and the labor of harvest involved. Some seem to want to sit like birds in the wilderness waiting to be fed and do nothing but give a token gift.
Remember the widow when Jesus sat near where the worshippers were passing to put in their offering? She put in two pence and Jesus was so touched by her sacrifice that He declared that she had given more than all the others. NO SHE HAD NOT! Not in the natural but proportionally she did for SHE GAVE ALL. I’ve told people for years that if you do notice know it when it leaves you won’t recognize it when it returns. If you didn’t feel it leaving you won’t notice it returning. It is with the same measure, standard, or proportion that the return comes.
But as I alluded in the natural sowing there is “I T”. Jesus said, “Give and IT….” It will be given to you. This touches a principle of life and I’ve shared with people this simple reflection on this passage and life. What do you need? If you need love, give love. If you need forgiveness, give forgiveness. If you need money, give money. If you need compassion, give compassion. If you need a friend, give friendship. If you need loyalty, give loyalty. Now, I do not want to make it appear that God is a vending machine or a mail order store but if you are giving those things and more what I mentioned you will find that God is causing them to return to your life. The Bible says if a man wants to have friends he must be a friend. (Proverbs 18:24)
Consider what God has given to us in the Cross and you will quickly realize just how willing to give God is. I would challenge you to study this passage and all the passages on giving and the principles of giving in the Bible and see if you do not conclude that the “I T” of this passage makes all the difference in the outcome and result. You cannot give hatred, bitterness, deception, and envy and expect to find love, compassion, forgiveness, and openness in your relationships. Take the natural to understand the spiritual and remember that in the natural you reap WHAT you sow, LATER than you sow, and MORE than you sow.
May the Lord be with you as you go through your day!