38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
The context of this statement isn’t about finances, but about loving others. I think when we reduce this to a financial ‘get rich quick’ formula, we do people a disservice. We reduce this verse to a selfish and ultimately vain pursuit of earthly riches, when Christ is focusing on the heavenly kingdom and the riches we can store there.
So I believe, the giving spoken of here is good, loving actions towards others, including our enemies.
The wealth we receive back is measured in the overall good that we do for our fellow man. As we demonstrate the loving actions of Jesus to others, we will build for us treasures in the hearts and lives of men and women we touch and influence. Ultimately, I believe, they will be our treasure in heaven, the people and things that last. The kind and loving action you do for others today can have a ripple effect that you might not even be aware of until seeing it through the eyes of the Lord in eternity.
Riches fade. People live on for eternity.
It is, of course, not always easy to do that. Sometimes people will hurt us. Sometimes, people will annoy us. Sometimes, they’re not particularly lovable. Every moment, we must rededicate our minds to loving them anyway.
(Again, common sense should be utilized. Sometimes loving someone means not giving them money when you know they will use it to harm themselves. It means prayerfully withdrawing yourself to help convince them that they need to change or take steps for their own healing. Christ is not calling us to be codependent or enablers.)
I’m going to stop here for now, because the next section hits me a bit too close to home and I think I need to spend some time in reflection, prayer, and repentance.