Today I am linking up with the women of Five Minute Friday. The idea is simple: Write for five minutes flat on the week’s posted topic. This week’s word is : Measure
So what is the measure I use to give? To give of my time, to give of my finances, to give of my gifts/skills? Do I have a sliding scale according to how much I like doing/giving of something ? Is it dependent on who I am doing it for, different ways for different people according to how much I like them or judge their need to be? My goodness! I realise how prejudiced I am and that I do limit how much I give depending on the people or situation.
So what does the bible tell me?
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
It tells me that by limiting my giving , I am infact limiting my own blessing! By limiting my giving to those I like or count worthy, I am limiting God’s blessing on my own life.
By giving abundantly, giving generously, giving freely and without prejudice , then I will receive back much more than I ever gave out in the first place.
The amount I give is the amount I will receive back!
Pressed down, running over and poured into my lap!
I need to open wide my hands,
open wide my heart,
open wide my life
and give according to the measure I have been given by Christ.
Freely, freely you have received , freely, freely give …