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.
Most of mankind is more willing to receive than to give. As a joke, somebody say that boxers are the ones who prefer to give rather than receive. Worldly things will always be opposed to the things of God, which is clearly seen through the Word. In Luke 6:38 it is established that if we give, we’ll receive. God’s faithfulness is so great that He leaves no one without his reward. Therefore, His Word makes it very clear that with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
The main obstacle we have to receive the abundance of God’s generosity is our own selfishness. From our childhood, naturally, our tendency is to grab what we believe as ours and not release it to anyone. Very few take the initiative to share what they have with others. Rather, the tendency is to hide ours and ensure that others give us theirs. That can make a child, a young adult, an old man, a man or a woman. Selfishness is not exclusive to the age or gender of the person but is endemic of humanity.
I once read the story of a 7 year old girl and her mother. The girl was two apples and her mother asked, “Do you I give one of your apples?” The girl replied. “Of course, mother.” Then the girl bit one of the apples and then bit the other. When the mother saw the action of her daughter, her heart sank. She thought about how selfish was this girl who was not able to simply give her complete one of the apples to her and eat the other, but she bit both. Then the girl gave her mother one of the bitten apple and said. “Here, Mom, eat this apple because it is the sweeter of the two and I’ll eat the other.”
The mother could not hold back tears at the gesture of her daughter. It was moved and felt so ashamed to have thought ill of her. At that time, the mother hugged her daughter, kissed her and told how much she loved her and how proud she was of her. The girl’s mother had given the best of apples, so be sure to try them both. In return, the daughter received the best example of love of her mother, who, from that moment could appreciate more her noble heart.
Most people when given something, only offers what is left over will, which no longer uses or does not like. Now, let’s look at what Luke 6:38 tells us: 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 you’re going to be measured with the same measure you measure, do not you think most suits you give the best of you? If you’re going to get going according to what you give, is not it more advantageous for you choose to give the other something similar to what you like best?
We have no control of what others do, but if we can make a difference changing things on us. Let’s start from today to give the best of ourselves to others. Let us follow the example of this girl and give others the best apple, best perfume, quality time, best smile, best hugs and words of encouragement that come from the heart. At the time, no doubt, we will also receive the best. God bless you.