"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you." NIV
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. For the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." KJV
The world says "The more you take the more you have." Christ says "The more you give the more you have." The viewpoint of the world seems logical and would be common sense. However, we do not live by logic and common sense. We live by faith in the Son of God. If He says we will have more if we give, He will be faithful to His Word. What we take from the world will not last, nor will it satisfy, because we will want more. Our source for giving is not from our own reserves, but the eternal wealth of God, Himself. What we receive from Him will be eternal. We can't out give God.
Heavenly Father, we confess that there are times we take because we want. Your Word tells us the more we take, the more will be destroyed and wasted. We ask You for the desire to give freely from hearts of love molded by You. Keep us from giving in order to receive from You. But we cannot praise You enough for Your unending generosity to us. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC