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.”
Read in context, this passage is about judgement. Careful what measuring stick you choose to measure others against, for the same will be used for you (a scary prospect!).
But it also applies to giving. Give with open hands and a generous measuring cup, for God gives abundantly to you. This does not mean we give to receive. It just means we can give without fear for our own needs. I cannot think of a time that I have regretted giving. But I vividly remember and regret some moments that I chose not to give. And the root of my decision in those moments was fear. Fear that I wouldn’t have enough money or time to do the things I’d been planning to do. Fear of how my act of generosity might be received. The promise in this passage removes fear. God is pleased with a generous spirit. We are to give from what He has given us. He will take care of the rest.
Lord, please give me a generous spirit. Please give me a spirit that says yes to opportunities to give with joy, thankfulness and faith. Help me give out of the knowledge that you have already given me everything.
Written by Rhiannon Mellor