Sunday, July 24, 2011

Give and it shall be given unto you

Today's text describes the ancient practice of selling with a just balance. A good measure was considered as the only lawful standard for selling grains and other measurable commodities. To give a good measure the seller will press down the grains into the measuring can and shake it vigorously again and again until the can is full and running over. Sometimes, the seller would support the measurement with arms curved around the overflowing can for a bountiful measure.

The righteous God expects nothing less from His faithful children in their day-to-day commercial activities. God declared to the Israelites, just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just him, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:36). God's promise to all givers is a good measure that is running over. There is always a great blessing in giving.

You must start to give today. Do not wait to have much before you give. Remember the widow who gave two mites (Mark 12:41-44) and the lad with five loaves and two small fishes (John 6:5-12). Both givers were recorded in the Bible for our learning today.

Little is much when it is given sincerely, selflessly, scripturally and/ or sacrificially. The best way to start is to give your life to Christ. God demands, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26). No one has ever given to God and regret. Make it a lifestyle to give God your talent, tithes, time and/or your total being. You will ever be happy that you did so.

Challenge: To get all you need, give all you have

Prayer: Lord of heaven, I give my life and all to you.

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