Happiness in Giving – Part 3: … and God Will Give to You
“Give to others, and God will give to you…” (Luke 6:38 GNT)
We all know the law of gravity: if we drop something, it’s going to go down one hundred per cent of the time. Just as reliable as this law of nature is a law we find in the spiritual realm—that if you give to others, God will give to you. As we go outside of ourselves and give and pray and love, something will be coming back to us. We all need to hear the word of the Lord today: “The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”
There are people in need that God wants to help, but perhaps we’re unwilling to give away something of ours—time, effort, money, material goods—so God could fulfill his Word. The promise—indeed, the spiritual law—is that if we would just give, not only will the person in need be helped, and not only will God receive the glory and thanksgiving from the person helped, but miraculously and undeservedly, we are going to receive as well. And the Lord made sure we knew that it would be no small thing. No, he said, “Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold.”
Could God help the weak or needy person without our help? Of course he could! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills! But his plan is to bless not only the person in need, but the giver as well! So it takes faith to do this: to believe and act upon the belief that God will more than meet our own needs as we give of ourselves and of our substance. Someone may say, “I would like to give to people, but I have to find someone who’s worthy.” If that’s the measure we’re using, why then did God give us the blessing or provision we’re using to bless someone else with in the first place? We have to realize: I can’t find anyone unworthy, because God gave it to me—the most unworthy!
Oh, that God would touch us so our lives would turn around and we would start reaching outward to others, rather than trying to protect our own interests and seek only what’s coming in to our own lives all the time. And God, who is watching all of this, will say to us—both individually and as a local body of believers: “Oh, you’re going outside of your own little world and your own needs, and you’re going to bless in my name? Then you yourself are going to get a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over!” (Luke 6:38 KJV). Let’s ask God for the grace to give today!
To be continued...
Read Luke 6:37-45.