Give and it will be given unto you.
How often do we hear Luke 6:38 and think of it as only the giving of things/moolah?
Now though, I am thinking it is wayyyy more than that.
There is a story in Mark 12:41-44, of the widow who had little yet still placed her last bit into the Temple treasury. Now, mind you, this is after many of those who had plenty put in their offerings. JESUS says “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.”
What is it that you have little of? Time? Patience? Love? Forgiveness?
You see, I know for me, that I can have little patience and a short fuse. So, those times where I can still serve another with love, even when they can take a toll on my patience; is truly when I am loving like CHRIST.
Being giving to those that are easy for us to give to... well, that’s not a huge deal. I mean it’s nice and all.
But try loving the unlovable. The ones who you “think” don’t deserve love or kindness.
Try forgiving the unforgivable. The ones who you “think” will never be redeemable.
Try offering patience to those who grind on your last nerve.
Because it is those times we are being like that widow. Those times when we go against our own self to care for another.
(I’m not speaking of an enabling heart; that’s when there is something in it for us (OUCH!)
If you are like me... you may be saying to yourself... “no way!!”
But.... there is a way!
You see, when we are weak, JESUS is strong. When we think we can’t, JESUS will.
It was faith that allowed that woman to drop those last coins in the basket. Reliance on CHRIST that no matter how little money she had, HE would take care of her.
And I need that. I need to give of me even when I feel totally spent because I know that it will be CHRIST that will refresh me, protect me, and love me. And only through the LORD who can change my heart of stone to a heart of flesh, I can change! Amen!