Giving and Receiving

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you.’ Luke 6:38 KJV

Many of us want to give money to people we love and to causes we believe in. But fear stops us. We’re afraid that if we give, we might not have enough left for ourselves. So instead of sowing, we hoard our seed and miss the harvest God promised us. Why? Because on some deeper level, many of us wonder if God would actually bless someone like us.

Jesus said, ‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.’ If a bank promised that kind of return on your investment you’d be camping outside their door until they opened in the morning. But banks can fail and bankers can’t always be trusted. God however has never broken a promise!

Here’s an important Bible truth: when you open your hand to God, He opens His hand to you. And God has a bigger hand! But as well as learning how to give, you must learn how to receive. Jesus said, ‘Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.’ (Luke 6:38 NIV) When God gives back to you, He often does it through people. All kinds of people! So don’t let pride or prejudice stop you from receiving from others, because God wants to give them a harvest on the seeds they sow into your life. Don’t circumvent the harvest—yours or theirs.

Never hesitate to give to a true servant of God. ‘Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.’ (2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV) When God moves you to sow a seed, it’s because He has a harvest for you to reap. Don’t miss it!

SoulFood: 1 Cor 9:24–27, Num 6:1–8, Pro 25:28

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

Today’s Readings

1 Corinthians 9:24–27 ()

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24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Numbers 6:1–8 ()

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6:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the LORD, he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.

“All the days of his vow of separation, no razor shall touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the LORD, he shall be holy. He shall let the locks of hair of his head grow long.

“All the days that he separates himself to the LORD he shall not go near a dead body. Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, shall he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD.

Proverbs 25:28 ()

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28   A man without self-control
    is like a city broken into and left without walls.

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