Spirit Led Giving, Part I
"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
In the context of this scripture Jesus is not speaking about money, He is dealing with the issues of the heart which in fact will also produce a spiritual willingness to give in the area of finances. Jesus is speaking of the fruit on His spiritual trees, such as: loving your enemies, giving to everyone who asks of you, treating people like you would want to be treated, not judging and so on.
The bosom is the area of the chest, where your heart is located, the center of the soul of man where your true treasure is stored. The scripture is saying that when we give, it will be given back to us by the standard of measure in which we set for ourselves. In other words, the amount you give will effect the amount you receive. The believer has a treasure chest of wealth to give to a lost and dying world in need of someone who cares for them, and is willing to give their time, their talents and gifts, as well as their money!
The standard for New Testament giving began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on one hundred twenty sold out disciples of the Lord Jesus when they sold their possessions to support those who were newly saved. The book of Acts describes a people who willingly gave all: their homes, their possessions and their hearts to the cause of Christ! The news about their conversions and behavior was known throughout Jerusalem and to become a member of the "Way," one had to be willing to sell all he owned to provide for those who had need.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; "but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin