YOU DETERMINE YOUR MEASURE
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Today, in our discussion, we shall be looking, and penetratingly considering a verse of Scripture that is from the mouth of Jesus Christ our LORD and SAVIOUR. It may be termed as weighty and heavy, and hence, so important that it’s often get mentioned, quoted, and declared in ‘the school of abundance’.
It is a verse of Scripture that is majorly and centrally significant to you and I as members of the Body of Christ. It is so relevant to us, for inherent in it are things that has to do with our spiritual security and well being as children of the Most High God. It carries upon it directly, and indirectly things that pertains to life and godliness
Interestingly, as aforementioned, it came direct from the mouth of Jesus Christ, the SAVIOUR of the World, and he KING of the nations Himself. And we know that whatever He says that we do, as we do them, a blessing; some blessings, wonder, or some wonders becomes guaranteed.
What Is It To Give?
When you give something, particularly when you are obliged to give, or when you have been commanded, instructed or mandated to give, and that is because of a covenant you’ve entered into, what happen is that you in a way transfer the ownership of that thing, or things to another. In that case, with regards to our text, it is giving into the Kingdom of God.
We’ve been commanded, or instructed to give. It is not a suggestion; but a command that must never be taken for granted, or treat with levity. The Master of the nations has spoken it, and it is only to those that have submitted themselves to His Lordship, tutorship, guidance and direction.
And so, we do as instructed because we’ve been initiated, immersed and baptized into Christ Jesus; and also into His countenance. In other words, it is addressed to those that are citizens of the Kingdom of God. There are responsibilities on earth for them, as they stand in the gap to represent the Christ of God, reconciling men back to the Holy One of Israel.
The truth of the matter is that, when we do as commanded, or as instructed, you and I are not at a loss; but instead enters into a kind of increased privileges, and higher degrees of advantages, and expansions as we give towards the advancement of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33)
God will so bless you and reward you to such extent that you will serve Him steadfastly, faithfully, and persistently; all the days of your life.
What Can You Give?
There are all manner of things that you can give. However, firstly, you must genuinely, humbly, and sincerely give your life to the LORD for Him to be your LORD and SAVIOUR. The reason for that is to get your eternity secured so that when you depart from this planet you’ll be with the LORD forever in His glory.
Apart from that is that you then get tutored, equipped, taught and discipled in the ways of righteousness; that you may serve God rightly and acceptably. (John 1:11-12; 3:1-5; 3:16)
You can also give. or plant your time towards the service of God. Your involvement in church services and meetings, represents your love to God, as He can count on you for His services. You get engaged, and involved in your local assembly as unto the LORD. (Romans 12:1-2)
Others may not understand why you are so dedicated; but it is because it is God’s business on earth, and He has instructed it that you get involved as to serve Him wholeheartedly. There are great and exceeding rewards on earth for you and also in heaven when you dare to take God at His Word and do His biddings.
In addition, you can give your financial seeds into the kingdom of God. The God that is making that demand on you is in heaven; but He is also inside you through the Holy Spirit. The greater One is on your inside, in your spirit personality. You’re an heir of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. So, why would you not want to give?
Be Benevolent Towards God’s Kingdom
The more generous you are to God, in your fellowship with Him, consecration, and in your financial givings, the more God will be generous to you. I’m a living witness of this. I’m so blessed that, whenever I think of what God has done in, and true my life, I can’t but give Him praise.
Often, particularly if I’m at home, I’ll just go on my kneels to bless, praise and give God heartfelt thanks! And if I’m somewhere else, at the remembrance of God’s continual faithfulness, I simply, offers thanks, praise and gratitude to God. I do that through the helps of the Holy Spirit.
You see, these things are far more than just financial blessings. I don’t know about you; but I’m forever grateful to God for His love, cares, and for His goodness and mercies. The truth of the matter is, if God has shown you mercy, and you’ve tasted of His goodness, you should be forever grateful to God for His goodness and mercies upon you and upon your family over the years.
That God has been so good to my family and I, and also to my relations, friends and well-wishers, and also to my partners is more than enough. It may not be that much to some fellows; but what I asked for that they be born again; I’ve seen it manifested with only one or two that are yet in the Kingdom of God.
Some may say what is he happy and joyful for! You see, I know who I have given my life to, hence, I’m thankful to Him for His grace and loving kindness over the years. God is trustworthy!
It says: ‘’Give and it shall be given to you…’’. You must have the disposition, or mentality of a giver. Don’t be stingy towards God. It cost money to propel, or advance the Kingdom of God. In fact it cost fortune.
As a matter of fact, it is men that God will use to finance the spread of the Gospel. You know He owns all things. I’ve been on this planet for a while, and I remember my primary and secondary school days.
Also, I remember my first job, where I got only, N24 per month, and it later became, N48, and for a school cert holder it was enough. Those where the days of Dr Gen Yakubu Gowon, one of the founding fathers of Nigeria. A very gently, humble, respected, and highly esteemed elder statesman.
But then as a teenager, I was not born again. What I’m saying is things of about 40 years ago plus, and years has passed since then. That means, one generation comes in while some would depart. But prior to that it is good that we get our priorities and bearings right. And that is, to be humble and wise to such extent that we give cheerfully, happily and generously into the Kingdom of God.
It says, as you give it shall be given to you pressed down, and shaking together shall men give into your bosom. You be so daring, and so venturing that you give into God’s Kingdom, your time; efforts, finances, and also material resources, and God will bless you in such a way that you will forever be grateful. That’s a good place for you to should a loud amen!
So, when we give and plant our financial seeds, or anything that is pleasing to God, into His kingdom, we are in that sense, giving into the rivers of the Holy Spirit; the Anointing. And so, venture and dare to be generous towards, God and He will be generous towards you.
Remember the Word says: …”He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water..” (Psalm 1:1-3). That is talking precisely about you. Ensure that you are planted by the rivers of the Great and Mighty God, the Living God, and the Eternal God. His name is Holy!
Whatever you give to God’s Kingdom, He will repay you back, a hundred, sixty and thirsty times or fold. Sometimes it may be a thousand times; but you ascertain and determine your measure. But also you must keep your spiritual antennae on, and serve Him faithfully and persistently.All you must do is that you give for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. (Mark 10:29,30)
This is our year of ‘Abundant Favours’ if you yet remember. God has been so faithful and consistently dependable. I pray that you will share your testimonies with me that we may rejoice, bless and praise God together. It has been a very challenging year on many front, particularly because of COVID 19. But in the midst of it, God is yet blessing His beloved, pouring on all of us, showers of His goodness and mercies.
In conclusion, recognize that God won’t drop money from the sky. His style of doing things is to use men and women as sources, channels, or tools to bless you financially It is God that will speak to the hearts of men, and stir them up to give generously towards His kingdom.
Also, it is also Him that will bless and stir them up to bless you and I with financial seeds, and in fact with material seeds. Whatever I can’t buy personally, I’ll get for free as God speak to, lead, convince and persuade men and women that has been so blessed through my life to give in that direction. We’re meant to complement one another.
When men gives to you, particularly as instructed from heaven, it will be good measure, press down and shaking together. That refers to overflowing, or abundance. What God has put in place through the rule of law of His Word is that you determine your measure.
Men will not forsake you. When the Word says men, it includes the male and the female gender. God will minister to them to give to you. Those that you’ve been a source of blessing to, be that blessing great or, modest, God through the Holy Spirit will lead, persuade, convince, and influence them to give to your bosom.
It’s because you have in you, and on you the divine favours of the LORD God Almighty. It is not really about you and I, but about Jesus Christ, that His name may be magnified, praised, and glorified in all the nations of the world. He deserves to be greatly praised.
But you must be circumspect and see to it that you put on endurance as a good soldier of the LORD.(Ephesians 5:15-16) Also remember that God is the person that will reward your labour of love, including your givings into His Kingdom,
The Word Says:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.’’ (Revelation 22: 12-14)
God will surely reward you, bless you and do you good. You also should be humble and wised enough to reward your destiny helpers. It does not mean that they are poor; but that it may accrue to your account in heaven. Give and it shall be given to you. God will never, in any way default on His Word. It is part of your given that is used to bring poor souls that are spiritually deficient into God’s Kingdom.
It says: ‘’He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what He has given.’’ (Proverbs 19:19)
It also says’ ‘’I have been young, and now I’m old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging for bread.’’ (Psalm 37:25)
You see, all it takes for a nation to rise and soar far above economic downward trend is to have the righteous in the place of leadership. God is speaking to someone. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.
Why? That you may show forth the glory of God who has delivered you and brought you into His marvelous Kingdom. It means god has got you covered. You will not beg for bread. You’re the blessed, the saved; the beloved, and the esteemed of the LORD. May the Lord give you revelation.
”Trust in the LORD and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and verily thou shall be fed.” (Psalm, 37:3)
But this I say, He who sows sparingly shall reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
When you’re kind to others they’ll be kind to you. When you are liberal or generous to others, the tendency is that they’ll be liberal or generous to you. That means don’t be hard or stingy in your relationship with others. Be loving, kind, caring and benevolent. It is all about Jesus Christ.
There are rewards for you on earth, and also rewards awaiting you in heaven; but on earth let His will be done as it is in heaven. You’re the saved and also the blessed of the LORD!
Say this loud to yourself! ‘I’m blessed! I’m sanctified, purified, hidden in the holy blood of Jesus Christ. I’m a cheerful giver into the Kingdom of God. I’m a happy and generous giver. I give towards the advancement of the kingdom of God.
All things are working together for my good; because I love God, and I’m also in God’s purpose for my life. I shall not die, but live to declare to glory of God.
Things are getting better for me, no matter what is happening in the nation where I reside. I’m so blessed, so also, my family is blessed. I’m inside God’s will for my life, obedient to the dictates of God’s Word, therefore, I abide forever. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Greater is He that is, in me than he that is in the world. I ‘m divinely protected and sheltered inside the holy blood of Jesus Christ. I’m blessed and greatly favoured. All the days of my life, I will be obedient to God’s Word. Thank you LORD for saving my soul. I declare and confess that Jesus Christ is my LORD, and also my SAVIOUR.’ Hallelujah!
Well, you are a giver, and you should maintain that attitude of a giver. You’ve been blessed to be a blessing. As you give to the LORD, He will see to it that men gives into your life greatly and abundantly. Happy new month to you. You’re well favoured. God bless you! Hallelujah. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
By: Albright Abiodun OLAJIDE
a.k.a. Stephen Abiodun WILLIAMS