‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put onto your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you’
No matter how wealthy or not wealthy we are, we can still be rich in God’s eyes. It says in Luke 6:38 that we will always get a measure back of the gift we give. Whether that’s our money or our time. ‘Give and it will be given to you’. I’ve read that verse a thousand times but still I worry about giving too much. I’m not sure why I worry because I always seem to benefit from it in some way. I don’t think the verse means that if I give $10, I’ll get $10 or even $20 back. There are different kinds of reward. There’s the reward we store in heaven. The peace that comes with giving to those that are less fortunate. The joy that comes with knowing you’ve helped better someone’s life. I find it very hard not to give to causes involving children. I get sad when I hear that children aren’t happy. So, it makes me happy when I can help. Jesus loves us all but he holds a special place in his heart for the children. There’s many Bible verses on it. But regardless, giving sets us free from controlling our own lives and letting God lead us. Big faith comes with just letting go and giving our money to others instead of spending it on ourselves. We may say “But we’ve worked hard for our money, why should we give it away?”. God worked hard to create this earth and everything we have comes from God. Our lives, the skills, the gifts and the work that comes with that. All from Him. When we give, we’re just gift swapping. As God lavishes gifts on us everyday for all of our lives it seems only polite for us to occasionally give some back!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the gifts You lavish on us. Help us to search and soften hearts to give some of it back to You, to help build Your kingdom – Amen!
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men”. So, they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.
Those are such powerful words. The problem is, they’re almost like a fairy tale. So familiar, they’re unreal. But it really happened. We have laptops, desks and office buildings. They had boats, water and nets. It makes no difference if they were scraping by to make a living on the lake over 2000 years ago or if we’re comfortably earning our way in Darien and New York in 2013. The principal is the same. We can still follow God in the same way.
Why did God fill up their nets with fish for them? I’d hazard a guess that he wanted to show them that everything will be fine if they have faith. And so it’s the same for us. What are we leaving? I’d suggest it’s our dedication to the things that simply don’t matter like wealth, status and pride. And the anxiety, worry and stress that comes with that. When we leave those things behind and let go, anything can happen. (It’s also a huge relief). God sees a different heart and He will work through that heart and do the most amazing things. Things you could never imagine yourself doing. I’m no testimony to that but I’m trying. But I’ve seen it happen and I’ve read about people who are. To name a few, the fisherman, Moses, Noah, Abram, and even tax collectors! Everyday people like me. And you.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we want to follow you but we’re distracted by worldly things. Help us to take that leap of faith and truly follow your path even if it’s only lit a few steps of the way – Amen!