“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38
Lord Jesus, in the late 60’s, the first time I heard these words, they were (wrongly) attached to teaching about tithing. The teaching seemed a bit skewed back then; it’s a lot more offensive now. In essence, the motivation for giving was, “Give to get.”
But that’s not what you meant, at all. Having a generous heart, and being generous givers, isn’t a personal investment scheme. It’s a revelation of the character of God, who loves to give. It’s a demonstration of the power of the Gospel, which turns selfish hoarders into cheerful givers. It’s an artesian spring of grace in a city square, overflowing for the benefit of others.
We will never regret being generous with our time, talent, and treasure. Anyway, what do we have that we didn’t receive from you? (1 Cor. 4:7) We’re not really owners, we are stewards. When we give anything, we’re just sharing what you’ve entrusted to us.
We will never regret being generous with mercy, forgiveness, help, encouragement, and kindness. All we have to do is remember and relish the Gospel—the storehouse from which you lavish all five of these on us every moment of every day. The primary reward we get for being generous is you being revealed, honored, and glorified. Who doesn’t want a big “lap full” of that? Totally Amen!