“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
This verse is a one of the favorite go-to verses when the subject is financial giving. In fact, I’ve never heard it used in any other context. I have two problems with that application of this verse.
First, there is no reason to limit this verse to financial giving. The context of the passage in which this is written has nothing to do with money. Yes, verse 34 discusses lending, but the verses following have nothing to say about money.
So why limit this to money? Giving can be not only money but also time, talents, and other personal resources. We’re doing this verse a serious disservice when used only as an application to financial giving
Second, many times the emphasis is on “it will be given to you”. Getting then becomes the reason to give. It’s like an investment. Getting is the result and should never be the reason. Where does it say if you give money you get only money or if you give time you get time? Is it possible to give time to a relationship and receive the satisfaction of see the other person walk closed to God? Can’t you give money to a church building project and receive joy seeing the impact a new building can have on the community?
Let’s ask ourselves what is our reason for giving whether it is money or anything else.
Giving of anything should never be treated like some kind of spiritual savings account that pays interest in this life. Giving should always be solely out of gratitude for what God has already done and continues to do for us. There are no price tags on blessings from Him. They can’t be bought.
If we give to get, we shouldn’t give at all. He freely gives. We should too. No strings attached.