October 22, 2013
The idea of being financially insecure creates fear for us. We think we need to guard, collect, hoard, keep, be careful, make sure we have enough. Jesus taught differently.
. . . 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
In another place He said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” That can be translated as being “more prosperous” to give than to receive. I like the phrase “put into your lap”. Blessings are often surprises. Suddenly you have something you never anticipated.
The irony is that by being generous and holding loosely to things, we will actually be better off. This promise is undisputedly clear. Not only will the generous and giving person see his needs met, the blessings will overflow. Our human thinking contradicts this. We have trouble believing and acting on it.
God honors a giving heart and giving actions. We can make His Word fruitless simply by having an attitude that says “well, you have to use your head”. I wonder how often my actions, or lack of them, reveal a practical atheism.
The Lord will not dishonor Himself by reneging on what He has said. If He has promised that giving is a path to receiving bounty and blessing, then it is. Stinginess then, and small-heartedness, are on the path to poverty and restriction.
There’s the old story of the pond which receives water but has no outlet. What is the result of that situation? Stagnation.
What is better, living off my meager holdings or thriving in the flow of God’s abundance? What has been returned to you as a result of your being generous?