“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 6:38
This verse has very significant meaning to me . . . not only is it the key verse that sparked the title for this blog, but also because I feel we need more of this in the world. True, genuine, no strings attached . . . just give.
We live in a world where it seems everyone is out for number one. “Take care of yourself because no one else will” . . . right? While there is a bit of truth in this statement, I’ve found that’s not always the case. Thanks to the media, we don’t always get to see all the good that’s actually happening in our world. Bad definitely gets the top news spot, and leaves us feeling like armageddon is right around the corner on any given day.
However, there is a lot of good happening out there- so much more than will ever be publicized. Why? Simply because many many givers are humble. True giving is to give without any accolades, without wanting or needing a pat on the back, without using it to make yourself feel special.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
This verse is one that we keep on our fridge to give us all a daily reminder to be humble. Valuing others above ourselves . . . wow. I don’t know about you, but that is powerful to me. It takes true humility to really value others above yourself- something Jesus did effortlessly, and he was the Son of the One True King! And yet, he gave – effortlessly, immediately, without wanting or needing anything in return.
Feeling secure and confident in yourself is one thing, but constantly NEEDING accolades from those around you, or feeling superior as a result of helping another, is a completely different thing altogether. Staying humble, and truly valuing others above yourself is hard. It takes a certain amount of maturity, both spiritual and emotional, to really live out this scripture.
Everyone likes to feel special, to feel valued- it’s part of being human. And this is precisely WHY it means so much to give without expecting or needing anything in return. It goes against the norm, it throws off our natural self preservation. When we truly, selflessly give, we are allowing Jesus to take center stage. He is allowed to step in with the fullness of his grace, his mercy, and his love . . . and just like that, heaven is brought to earth.
If you’re giving solely because it makes you feel good or important, than you might need to remind yourself how much value you hold to our God. You can give to others all day every day, but if you need to do that to feel important or valued, you might consider turning your gaze to the One who made you, and realize that true gratification can only come from Him.
So, friends . . . GIVE. Give freely, selflessly, humbly . . . Do it often and without expectations. Give when it’s truly needed and give out of the blue for no specific reason at all. When you give and love on others, you are exemplifying Jesus and his pure love for all of us.
Go against the grain – promote the good, extend your hands and your hearts, and GIVE!