“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
I learned very early in my Christian life you can’t out-give God. As Paul tell us, “Who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?” God is no man’s debtor. Although one’s motive cannot be ‘give to get,’ still it’s a fact. I find many Christians, like the Dead Sea, want to always be the recipients, but not the bestower. Thank God our precious Lord Jesus didn’t have that attitude.
We, like many of our readers, live on the cutting edge, financially speaking. But we try to keep a little in reserve for emergencies, ours or others. Within the last few weeks, a dear friend, who has suffered much over the years, entered the hospital for another surgery. I told my wife to mail them a certain amount out of savings. Less than an hour later, a supporter e-mailed us saying God had blessed them and that they were sending us a special offering; yes, the exact same amount we sent.
It is only reasonable to give back to God what was His originally. David grasped this truth, “ But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
I love the way Luke puts how God will give to givers, “...pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…” How often, as a boy, I saw the old-timers press down things in a container, then shake it to settle it to the bottom, and continued this till it was running over. Bless His Name, He does the same with all those who graciously give!
“It will not bother me in the hour of death to reflect that I have been “had for a sucker” by any number of impostors; but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need .” C. S. Lewis