38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38 (NKJV)
This verse doesn’t only apply to money. It applies to anything in life. If you give a smile, you’ll receive a smile. If you give comfort, you’ll receive comfort. If you give anger, you’ll receive anger and so on and so forth.
But since this is a blog about finances, it also applies to money. I like the last part of the verse where it talks about the measure that you use. As an illustration, if you use a spoon to dig a hole in the ground, it’s going to take a long time to dig a big hole. However, when you use a shovel that is much bigger, you will dig much faster. When you give with a spoon, you’ll receive in spoonfuls. But if you give with a shovel, you’ll receive in shovelfuls (I don’t think that’s a word)! I don’t know about you, but I want to receive blessings and abundance and overflow in terms of shovels instead of spoons!
From the Nelson Study Bible:
good measure: This illustration comes from the marketplace where grain was poured out, shaken down, and then filled to overflowing so the buyer received the full amount purchased. Such is the full measure that will be returned to one who has been generous.