Luke 6: 38 – ‘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.’
Measure. It’s a word that can have many meanings. Do you measure how much you give? God’s word says that in whatever measure we give, we will be given.
Measure – quantify, amount, calculate
Perhaps this can tempt us to give the amount we want to receive. Or we conclude that rather than receive what we’ve already given, we should just hold onto what would be received in place of what was given. That is not how God works. It is better to give than to receive, but when we focus on giving, we receive.
Don’t fall into a trap of measuring what you give. It becomes too easy then to expect to receive what has been given.
We can take God at His word, but we shouldn’t give out of expectation of receiving. We should give because we want to bless others. This is how God works; this is how His kingdom works. This is how we as wealthy Christians should work.
There is perhaps one area we should work to measure our lives in. Opportunities to give. Calculate how often we can give to bless others and again, act on this. Know that as you seek and identify opportunities to give, you also provide God with opportunities to bless you so that you can continue to give to others.
Financial tip – establish a separate bank account for your child. If you put away $10 a week for 18 years, this totals $9,360 dollars for a deposit, education or something else. If you invested $10 a week for 18 years at 5% interest, this would total in excess of $14,600 at the end.