Wednesday, March 16 – Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
Have you ever observed a child learning how to share? It is evident from an early age that giving does not come naturally to us, and even as we learn, this practice is often met with much resistance. We are inclined toward self-preservation and looking out for our own interests. When we do give, it is often in situations that benefit us or give us credit in some way. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are equipped for greater generosity, love, and forgiveness than is natural. As grace abounds to us, we can extend it to others freely, not expecting anything in exchange but knowing that through the Lord, we will have the true reward. Through Jesus, we can give freely and sacrificially, trusting that God is working even when we can’t see. This equips us to love people that we would normally hate, pray for our enemies, and genuinely care for people we otherwise have no interest in.
This may require more thought than we are used to giving or take us to uncomfortable places, making us wonder if it is worth it. When we feel this way, we can remember this verse and know that the same God who calls us to the task of giving equips us and gives us a greater reward than we can comprehend. It is Jesus who said, “But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people” (Luke 6:35). As you relish the grace you have been given, look for the opportunity to extend that same generosity, love, and forgiveness to those around you.
• What is the difference between giving freely and expecting a “thank you” or recognition in response?
• What would it look like to watch out for opportunities to give? Who can you give to today?
• Pray and ask God to remind you of the grace you have been given so you may be reminded to extend love and grace to others.