THE FUEL FOR OUR GIVING
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
“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.”
I’d like to draw your attention to the context of this verse, which needs to be applied, when appropriating its truth. Read it through several times and then reconsider its message.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 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. 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. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father is also merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 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.”
If called upon to select a theme for this passage it wouldn’t be money … it would be mercy.
Mercy – A benevolent kindness extended to an individual who is not entitled to it.
A divine favor or act of compassion extended out of love and charity and not out of judgement.
The truth of Luke 6:38 means a great deal more to me when read in its context and its implications extend far beyond a monetary theme.
Here are three notable observations:
1) Forgiving is perhaps the biggest “giving” element we can ever give to others. When we forgive we are beautified by grace and so is the individual we extend it to. When we choose not to forgive we rob ourselves of a mercy God has yet to give us … and we forfeit a precious grace.
2) The spirit of giving is authentic when there is no obligation placed upon the recipient of our giving. We give simply because we recognize a need and not because we will derive a benefit from it. Sometimes the highest form of giving comes through that overly expended element called time. Whatever God puts on your heart to give ... be it emotionally, mentally, physically, or financially, be certain you will be filled in advance by God to give of yourself unsparingly.
3) The degree to which we give is the degree to which we receive … in a realm that far exceeds monetary.
When we give mercy extravagantly, extravagant mercy fills us from God.
When we give unconditional love, unconditional love fills us from God.
The fuel for our giving is ignited by a grace that we have received freely from God and the act of giving is merely an extension of our awareness of it.
God is giving, forgiving, and loving ... and He asks us to be the same. When we give of ourselves unsparingly, we'll find ourselves filled in return.