“…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.”
Luke 6: 38 (ESV)
God, in his infinite wisdom, has chosen to weigh the joy and fulfillment we experience through our own heartfelt generosity, for he loves those who give willingly from the conspicuous richness of a loving heart. Our hearts are, therefore, continually on the scales of heavenly discernment. Why? They are because they are the crucibles in which God’s kingdom, founded on truth, love, and compassion, functions.
God has given us the ability to determine the giving capacity of our own heart-of-hearts. We just need to remember that the measure in which we choose to share with others is, in truth, an accurate measure of the worthy dimensions of our own heart. The point God is making here is that the burden we have for giving unselfishly to others is exactly the same burden God will feel and express for our own needs and desires. Or is it?
It is clear that God favors giving back inequitably large portions, packed down, shaken together, and flowing over to those who find their joy in giving, just as he does. He puts extra emphasis into giving back in greater abundance to the cheerful giver knowing their generosity will perpetuate. He purposefully tips the scales in favor of the openly generous. What a wonderful provider our God is! You see, equality is just the starting point; as our hearts grow in their capacity to love others, our generosity follows suit willingly and God righteously reimburses us with overflowing abundance.
While the size of our wallets may vary greatly from one individual to another, the size of our heart is the great measure, for from our heart flows the inexhaustible abundance of God’s treasury
For even a poor man can give liberally from a spacious resourceful heart just as the rich can and the rich can be just as begrudging and greedy as any other individual may choose to be. It all originates in the heart.
Whoever brings blessings will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered
Proverbs 11: 25 (ESV)
Dear God, help me to find real joy in giving from the treasury of my heart, for either in my generosity or in my greed, I will surely be betrayed (see Luke 6: 45). Amen.
A F Fischer