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“The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38)

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A Full, But Poor Reward – Part 3

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-5

Key Verse: Luke 6:38

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.

I want to continue looking at this concept that both Jesus and Paul described. In our suggested reading section for today, Jesus told His listeners, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2). Then our key verse gives the Apostle Paul’s words: “The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38).

It may be hard for us to truly grasp this concept of determining our own results in life. We certainly know that as far as our salvation, we must depend on God’s unmerited favor toward us; it’s called His grace. We can’t & don’t do anything to achieve our salvation except believe in Jesus. However, when it comes to daily living and results back to us, beyond our salvation, we seem to be given a lot of the responsibility. If we judge others harshly, our Father in heaven is watching and will judge us harshly. If we give to kingdom purposes generously, then our Father, who is constantly watching, will give back to us generously.

Let’s look at some lessons from these two verses.

First, we must be constantly diligent to examine the way we judge other people. Are you being harsh or generous in your attitudes and talk about people? Do you quickly give a harsh rebuke or critical comment about others? As you examine these things, you have to consider your own fate; God has decided to give us the power to determine our own final results on judgment day. Be sure to check your attitudes and words before they get out of your mouth; it’s for your own benefit. Say a prayer each morning, asking God to help you to remember these critical principles of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit will help you, if you ask and let him.

Father, please help me to be patient and generous with others today. In Jesus’ name, amen.