“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Forbes lists of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. Lists of the most powerful executives, the sexiest man or woman on the planet, rankings in professional tennis or golf or NASCAR. These lists sell magazines and capture the world’s attention. This is the world we live in. Power, fame and fortune. (aka “success”).
OK. So many Christians “know better”. We don’t aspire to such goals. We know that our Lord and Savior doesn’t want us to pursue any gods but Himself. So – truly – what are your goals? Maybe they are not lofty goals, nor anything that most folks would consider greedy or selfish. But the perspective I am seeking in this question is this: Do your goals generally fall under the category of giving or receiving? The God-pleasing goals of a Christian should fall primarily in the Giving category. Giving of our time, talents and treasure. Giving of our energies and our emotions. Allowing others to establish our calendars – by their illnesses and their needs. Yet, all too often, our goals fall into the receiving category, don’t they?
• I’ll give of more of my time when my life slows down someday. Right now, I’m far too busy.
• I need to save for this or that. Once I’ve achieved that goal, maybe I can give more to my church or other worthy causes for people in need.
I would suggest that a shift in goals where your giving becomes your primary focus will be infinitely more rewarding both in this life and into the eternal life to come – not to speak of the fact that it is God-pleasing and gives glory to Him – which should always be an underlying goal in everything we do.
“For the measure you use, it will be measured to you”.