“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.”
Luke 6:38 (NASB)
God is willing to supply our needs, superabundantly if need be. Never for a moment think that He is poor. The cattle upon a thousand hills are His; all things belong to Him. Why should God’s children be poor? Why should they be in want? God is not one who cannot supply. He most assuredly can. But there is one thing we must do that is, we must fulfill His condition before we are supplied. What, then, is His requirement?—
give and it will be given to you.
I have seen some brothers in the midst of financial troubles. Their troubles, may I suggest, lie not in their inadequate income but rather in their insufficient giving. A basic principle the Lord shows us in the Bible is: give unto abundance but hoard unto poverty. The person who considers himself is certain to be poor; but he who gives is rich. God has spoken and it shall be done. In order to avoid poverty, you must give and give often. The more you give, the more God will give to you. If you are willing to give whatever is beyond your needs, one day you shall be given that which is beyond others’ needs. Should you give one-twentieth to others, you will be given one-twentieth. If you give one-thousandth, you will be given one-thousandth.
If you give knowing that you will have no need because you have yet more stored away, who knows what will happen in the future? With whatever measure you mete to others, it shall be measured to you again. In the way you treat your brothers and sisters, God will treat you. If you give all your living to others, others will give all their living to you. But if you give what is useless to you, so shall others give to you. Insufficient income is often caused by inadequate giving. Proper giving almost guarantees a sufficient income. The Word of God is quite clear: “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” You give to others, and the Lord will give to you. If you do not give, then the Lord is under no obligation to give to you. Many have faith to ask God for money but lack the faith to give it away. No wonder they often are destitute, even destitute of the faith to receive anything from God.
New believers ought to learn this basic lesson from the outset of their Christian lives. Otherwise they will not be able to go very far. Christians have a special way of managing their finances: give as you would like to be given. In other words, measure your income by giving. The world measures giving by its income, but we Christians measure income
by giving. The measure we give will be that which we receive. Consequently, all who love money and bargain in giving are not able to receive God’s money; they will not get God’s supply.