The Measure Of Your Giving

 

As most of you have already discovered, I am a a huge fan of inspirational and motivational quotes. I love them for the wisdom and the every day common sense that they are often able to impart to the person reading them. I don’t know about you, but I want to garner as much wisdom and common sense as I possibly can during my life. One of my very favorite quotes was one from Winston Churchill. Churchill was once quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” That is such a powerful and true bit of wisdom! So often in life, we tend to get so caught up in the rat race of life, and the effort to establish a good life for ourselves, that we forget to make any effort to sow into the lives of others. We live in a “dog eat dog”, materialistic, money driven, and “get all you can as quickly as you can” society. It is sad that so many people today have not yet come to the understanding that amassing great wealth, the finest things, and expensive material possessions will never bring true happiness in life. What brings true happiness is not the things you are able to GET, but the things you are able to GIVE. When you invest in the lives of others, and develop a true desire to make a positive difference in the life of someone else, you will always get back more than you give. I am a firm believer that if you want to achieve your dreams, the best way to make that happen is to help someone else achieve theirs. It is simply the principle of sowing and reaping. Whatever you give, you will get back. 

With the thought of sowing and reaping in mind, I would like to share a few thoughts about the principle of giving. In the Bible, there is a passage in Luke 6:38 that says, ” 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.”  I have heard this passage of scripture read, taught on, and quoted in sermons in church time and time again. Nearly every time I have heard this passage of scripture used in a sermon in church, it is used to suggest that whatever MONEY we give to God, we will get back. How many times have you heard a preacher in church quote this scripture minutes before taking up an offering? I cannot count the times I have heard this scripture used right before an offering is collected in church. Now please understand, I am a firm believer that it is impossible to out-give God. I believe that if we put God first when it comes to our money and our finances that we will always get a blessing back that far outweighs the amount of money that we give. The blessing we get back may not always be in money. Sometimes the blessing comes in the form of health, improved family situations, the preserving and protection upon your home and possessions… the possibilities and types of blessings are endless. However, what is interesting to me is the fact that when  I read the passage of scripture that I am referring to in Luke 6:38, nowhere in the passage does it mention money. Money is not mentioned or even implied. The scripture simply says “give and it will be given…..” The scripture goes on to say that whatever measure we use in our giving, that same measure will be measured back to us. So, the term GIVE that is used in this scripture can be applied to the giving of whatever we give, not just the giving of money! 

Here is what I would like to suggest to you…..whatever it is you are giving or “dishing out” so to speak, according to the scripture, you will get back a measure that is equal to what you are giving. Whatever MEASURE we give of anything is the MEASURE that will be returned to us. Think about that for a minute. That means that if we give love, whatever measure of love it is that we are giving, we will get that same measure returned to us! If we give kindness, whatever MEASURE of kindness it is that we are giving, we will get that same MEASURE back!  What is important to realize is that this principle works both ways. Whatever measure of bitterness, hatred, judgement, criticism,…..you get the point….that same measure that we give will be measure back to us! I must confess to you I have been guilty of measuring out all of those things in the past. I don’t claim to be perfect, and I have given measures of things in the past that I should have never given. One thing I can tell you for sure is that the law of sowing and reaping is an irrefutable law that has been proven over and over again! Trust me! Whatever you sow or give out, you will get back. According to this passage in the Gospel of Luke, whatever MEASURE or amount that you give, that is the amount you will get back.

I would like to leave you with this thought….take a moment to consider not only what you are giving, but consider the MEASURE of what you are giving. If you want to receive a great amount of love in your life, you have to give a great amount of love. If you want to receive tremendous amounts of kindness in your life, you have to give tremendous amounts of kindness out. What are you giving in your life, and what with what measure are you giving it? Let me remind you of the quote by Winston Churchill that I mentioned at the start of this post. He said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  Often we fail to understand that we can go about living, but not really have a life. Do you want to be truly blessed, and have a life that is rewarding and fulfilling? If so, the way that you begin your journey toward a rewarding life is to start focusing more on giving and less on getting. Be careful to pay close attention to the measure of what you are giving, because that same measure will be returned to you. Become a giver, and measure carefully.

Thanks for Reading!

Until next time,

Mark

 

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