The Measure You Use

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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. ~Luke 6:38

Jesus says that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, and that when you do give, He will reward you by giving it back. The more you give, the more He will give you. As the New Living Translation puts it: “The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” The Father loves a cheerful giver and will reward those who sacrifice what they have for His kingdom.

I’ve been reading devotions on YouVersion and thinking about things regarding money lately because I’ve been job searching. I wanted to get it in my head that my money is not mine but God’s and to set spending boundaries so I don’t blow my first paycheck. I’m preparing my mind so that when I do get the money, I’ll have wise plans in place.

This past weekend, I babysat at my church while they had a volunteer training meeting. Let me just say I was quite pleased with what I made! I was counting it out Saturday night to get my tithe ready for Sunday when I heard God tell me to give more. I hesitated at first and was like, “Really, God? Are you sure? That’s a whole $4.50 more than 10% of what I made.” The feeling that I should give the extra amount wouldn’t go away and I had just read a book that talked about obeying God’s nudges (Whisper by Mark Batterson). I thought about it for a minute, and in the end I decided that God could do way more with $4.50 than I could. I set the money aside and went to bed.

The next morning, I walked into church with the money still in my phone case and sat down. The pastor’s wife walked over to me and thanked me again for watching the kids during the meeting. She handed me an Amazon gift-card as an extra thank you. Want to guess how much the gift-card was for? The exact amount that God told me to give. I hadn’t even dropped it in the tithe box yet, and He had already given it back to me! I couldn’t believe it. The measure I used in this case was definitely measured back to me.

To make the whole thing even more incredible, the pastor’s sermon was on James 5:1-6, talking about money and wealth! God’s timing is amazing.

The YouVersion verse of the day today is I Chronicles 29:11– “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head over all.” He has essentially loaned us everything we have, so our money should be His to begin with. I’ve come to realize that we brought nothing into this world, and we will bring nothing material out with us when we die (I Timothy 6:7). The only things we can take to Heaven are souls, so we should be completely devoted to spreading the gospel! In the greater scheme of things, bringing someone to Christ is far more important than getting a new pair of shoes.

Jesus’ parable about the talents (found in Matthew 25) symbolizes what will happen when He returns. Will we be found faithful, having used our gifts and resources for His glory, or will we be like the lazy servant who buried what was given him?

I pray that we are good stewards of the wealth that He has blessed us with on this earth and are welcomed into His Kingdom with “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”