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Everyone who has been ‘churched’ seems to know Luke 6.38 … give and it will be given unto you … but have you looked at it closely?

 

– Luke 6.27-38 NKJV

27“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28“bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29“To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30“Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33“And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34“And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

37“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 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.”

 

– For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

 

Q: What are you giving? Love, peace, generosity, forgiveness, mercy… judgment…

In the same manner, in the same measure that you give, it WILL be given back to you … pressed down, shaken together, overflowing…

 

Q: What are you giving? Trust? Are you giving your trust to God?

 

In Mark 12 we read about the widow and her two mites …

 

– Mark 12.41-44

41And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  42And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  43And he called to him his disciples, and said to them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow has cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

 

The widow gave more than the rich. She gave all she had. She gave her ‘trust’ that God would take care of her, so she gave all to bless God and what God was doing. She knew God would take care of her. She gave her ‘faith’ that God would take care of her.

 

When you give, watch what it is you are giving. If you give out of compulsion, if you give out of religious need, if you give out of putting on a show … you will get what you give … pressed down and shaken together will it be given back to you.

 

But … if you give to bless God, in partnership with God … you give out of your trust, your hope, your confidence … your faith … then God who sees from heaven will bless you … windows will open. It just may come to you, and come to you, and come to you, pressed down and shaken together and overflowing coming to you.

 

Partner with God. Pray and ask … or just do that which God has already put in your heart to do. Bless God and His work. He will go out of His way to bless you. Amen.

 

©20090418 Dr. David J Rogers

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