Luke 6:38 - Golden Rule Returns
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."
I can remember how well my mother took care of me when I was a boy and I would get sick. As I’d be watching Bob Barker play Plink-O on the Price is Right, she would return from her mid-day bus run with ginger ale, soup, and rented video games. In those moments I felt abundantly loved. And her compassion may have even led to some future “Ferris Bueller” hookie episodes. What can I say? I loved video games and wasn’t exactly wild about isosceles triangles and past participles.
As a father of four, I can now understand what happens inside a parent’s heart when your child is sick or hurting. Your heart aches and you would do just about anything to make your son or daughter feel better. In terms of our human relationships, our children should be amongst the easiest to apply this principle to. As parents we give ourselves away to our children.
But what about others who don’t hold priority in our lives? Are we as quick to give ourselves away to them? In the preceding section Jesus talks about loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, blessing our cursers and praying for those who abuse us. That, my friends, is a much tougher sell. Operating from a carnal, fleshly position it is impossible.
In order to get this right we have to operate out of the Spirit of God. Romans 8:6-8 says, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” The mind of flesh yields death. The Spirit-filled mind yields life and peace. And in many ways, those are the returns we’re measuring. I don’t know about you, but I think I prefer life and peace.
So we give. If there is a single word that should mark our Christian life it is give. We give ourselves first to God and then to our fellow man. As Christ-followers, may we be known for our generosity. May the measure we use be ridiculously large. May we baffle people with our generosity. Let us not use a thimble, when we’ve been given an ocean.
Today or tomorrow (depending on when you read this), my encouragement is for you to identify someone in your life to give of your time, of your finances, of your prayers, of your presence. It could be someone under your roof, perhaps a daughter who is struggling with long division or it could be the mother of three standing behind you in the check out line. It could be the homeless man outside of Wal-Mart or a mother who used to bring you ginger ale and video games when you were sick. God gave (John 3:16), and so should we.