As You Give, So Will You Receive
By Ann Stewart
"Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom." (Luke 6: 38)
That's such a wonderful verse about God rewarding what you give. If you give of your substance to God and your fellow men in need, it will come back to you!
The Kingdom of God is all about the Law of Sowing and Reaping. A farmer harvests diverse crops at different times, and does not worry about whether or not they will mature. As long as he selects good ground, fertilizes and irrigates at the right intervals, and applies pest and weed controls, he expects a good crop.
Similarly, when you sow good seeds, you will inherit the blessings of those seeds. As long as you apply spiritually what the farmer does naturally, you're on your way to receiving up to a hundred-fold return!
However, what if a farmer used the most inferior quality seed covered with blight and interspersed with weeds? He would not get the same results as the first farmer, would he? Likewise, if you give half-heartedly, don't thank God for His provision, and allow weeds and blight of unbelief to enter in, you will be reaping accordingly.
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven;" (Luke 6: 37) Did you notice this verse immediately precedes the one quoted above, and that there is not even a period after it? It continues right into the 'give and ye shall receive' verse!
These two verses tend not to be seen in the same context. The judging portion is often regarded as a separate subject from the 'giving and getting' part. Do you feel you're getting rewarded for your tithes, offerings, and goodwill gifts? If not, could it be that you may have judged, condemned, or harbored unforgiveness towards others?
It is wonderful to stand on the Promises of God. However, it is most important to read at least a number of verses in sequence in order to get the full meaning of God's Word. There are consequences to every action you take.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth; that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Gal. 6: 7 – 9)
Take courage, however! If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you can approach your heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus whenever you realize you have sinned. As soon as you notice a judgmental or unforgiving attitude, go to your Daddy and He will forgive you.
"Bear ye one another's burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ… But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing… For every man shall bear his own burden." (Gal. 6: 2 - 5)
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Rom. 6: 32 – 34)
Therefore, examine yourself daily, bring your shortcomings to God, and you will reap your blessings in due season!
About the Author
Ann Stewart is author of With Wings As Eagles, an inspiring story of unwavering faith in God's Word and answered prayer: http://www.lifealteringwords.com/with-wings-as-eagles
Looking for affirmation, encouragement and inspiration? The welcome door is wide open at Embracing All the Promises of God: http://www.lifealteringwords.com
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