September 2, 2015

“Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withall it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38, KJV

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:38, The MSG

Giving releases blessing into our lives. I used to tell the teenagers in my youth group every fall, around Thanksgiving time that: “The thankful heart will never be without.” When we are becoming like Christ, we should become givers — in every area. Why? Because our God is a giver, that’s why. If we want to be like Jesus, we give. We aren’t interested in always getting back — because we’re continually scattering.

In Sam’s Wholesale Club in Plano, there’s a quote on the wall from Helen Walton, wife of the famous Sam Walton. It says: “It’s not in the gathering, but in the scattering.” Wow! I love reading this every time I enter that store. Interestingly, it’s rumored that Sam Walton was known to drive the same old pickup he’d had for many years, even after his rise to riches. So very many people are in Sam’s Club for that very purpose: to gather… lots of stuff they think they need. Instead, God’s interested in how much we can scatter — or give away.

If we care about the poor and oppressed, God promises that we will not want. He also says that when we give to the Lord we lend to the Lord. (Proverbs 19:17.) Wow! He sees everything, and HE keeps great records. It’s okay to expect a harvest when we give – because God tells us that what we sow, we will reap. (Galatians 6:7.)

Let’s give away our lives, as recorded in The Message Bible, above. We’ll get it back! Stop living according to the systems of this world that tell us to gather gather gather. No. But faithful to God in supporting His Church, be faithful to God in giving to your family, and be faithful to God in giving to those around you. That’s legacy.