“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.”
Luke 6:37-38 (NIV)
Are you a generous giver? A good-measure-pressed-down-shaken-together-and-running-over giver? I mean, are you cramming everything you can into the gift and then heaping more on top so that it runs over and drips all over the floor while you carry it? These kinds of gifts are indicative of a cheerful giver, someone who simply delights in packing in as much as possible and busting through expectations. Someone who gives in joyful expectation because they can see from the receiver’s point of view; they can anticipate the surprise, the shock, the joy, the utter gratitude of receiving such a gift.
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). A cheerful giver reflects God’s nature. He’s a cram-it-all-in-pack-it-in-as-much-as-possible kind of giver. Look at how He poured all His fullness into the person of Jesus. Phenomenal cosmic powers…itty bitty living space, as the Genie in Aladdin would say. It pleased Him to do this because He knew how it would benefit us.
Giving generously and cheerfully also reveals the position of our hearts on the question of who your provider is. If you look to yourself and your talents and training to provide for your needs, you will tend to be calculating, preoccupied with how much you have, and reluctant to give. If you acknowledge that God owns it all and is your provider, then you will have discovered a freedom to give—generously and often and cheerfully—because you know you’re really giving what belongs to God and He’s going to take care of your needs. Read Matthew 6: 25-34 for more on this.
Scripture has much to say about giving and money. Here are some other stories you might find interesting: Mark 12:41-44, Matthew 19:16-24 and John 6:1-13.
Father, I want this full on trust in you, trust that you will provide and work things out for my good even when I can’t see it. I want this so that my heart is free to be generous like yours. Help me get to that point of free-fall trust in you.