In Luke 6:38, Jesus said these words,
"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. Forwith the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
That is a promise of Jesus that you can stake your life on. Give, and what happens? It will be given to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!
But notice that He also added this, "The same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." If you take a serving spoon, and that is what you measure out your giving with, you will get an overflowing serving spoon. It comes back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing from a serving spoon.
The measure you use is what is measured back to you. If you use a shovel, and that is what you measure it out with, that is how it comes back to you.
Wouldn't you rather have a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over shovel as opposed to a serving spoon? The measure you use, Jesus said, that is what is used to measure back to you.
I believe many people are using a teaspoon and yet they are praying, "God bless me. I have big needs." I am sure God is saying, "I'm doing all I can. You know, I'm pressing it down as much as I can press it down. It is running over. But a running over teaspoon is just not that much."
Are you using a teaspoon or a shovel? Whatever you use is what comes back multiplied, but it is only according to the measure you use.
Bayless Conley, Answers for each day