In Luke 6:44, Jesus told those listening that a tree is known by its fruit. So then, the children of the Most High are known by what they produce – their actions, thoughts, intents of the heart. In verses 27-45, He described the noticeable difference in actions of Believers versus those of non-Believers and those “Believers” that don’t actively try to walk in righteousness.
One area He mentioned was giving. In most churches, we hear Luke 6:38 (Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure…) quoted during offering; but as His people, we should know that God doesn’t limit giving to money. When Jesus tells us to give, He wants us to freely give actions that reflect Him and His Father. For example, He wants us to give love and prayer even to those we don’t think deserve it [but if we think about it, do we honestly deserve it?], to be willing to give help and resources to others in their times of need, and to give mercy and forgiveness to all no matter how they wronged us [because where would we be without His mercy and forgiveness?].
Being able to willingly and freely give of ourselves demonstrates the true condition of our heart. Applying God’s principal of giving not only rewards us (as mentioned in v.38) but also helps to build our spiritual foundation in Him (v.48). Everything we have and whatever makes us ‘us’ – our resources, our abilities – was given by God so that we can help others. Don’t hold on so tight that you miss out on what else He’s trying to give you. #BeAGiver #ForgivenFriday
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Luke 6:38 (TLB) For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you.