"give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
Luke 6:38 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Give? Give what? In this chapter, Luke is putting into words what Jesus was teaching. So far, Jesus has healed a man with a withered hand among others who merely touched him. He is healing people of their diseases and unclean spirits. In true Jesus form, he begins to teach (this could be a summation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount). So, what does Jesus want us to give? Anything we have. If someone needs forgiveness, forgive them. If someone has a physical or financial need and you can help, give freely. If someone needs to be encouraged, be that source of encouragement. If someone needs hope, share the gospel of Jesus with them. I will say this, while scripture does say in this verse that whatever we give, it will be given to us, would it be Christlike to give and expect to be repaid? I’m thinking not. Perhaps we should give with the intent of just being a blessing to someone else.
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would be cheerful givers. That we would be alert and look for opportunities to help others as we are able. That we would be the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others, no matter if they believe the same as us or if they believe differently. I pray that we would do all things for the glory of God, who has called us all by name to be saved and redeemed by the blood of Christ.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…