Do You Weigh the Cost When You Give to Others Since Illness Zaps Your Strength?

“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 with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

“Mom, what a rip off,” my son said as he opened the pag of potato ships and saw the bag was barely half full. “I know,” I explained. “That is how they deceive you into thinking you are getting more, with the big bag. But see, you have to look at the weight on the bag to really know how much you are getting.”

How many times we have gone after something, a dream, a material item, even a friendship, and then we discover our “bag” is only half full. The inside is not nearly as promising as the outside tries to convince us.

Thankfully it is not this way with God. He tells us to give–give generously even! And then it will be given to us. “It” is whatever you need it to be at that moment in your life. When we give, we may give a fair amount, but when God gives back to us, His gifts will be a good measure. It will be pressed down, like when you try to fit as much of something into a bag as it will hold. Just like the generous merchants at e market, our portion will be shaken together so there are no pockets of air. And then our portion will even run over the edge, so much that it will be poured into your lap.

Have you ever indulged in a Slurpee at 7-Eleven? You fill up the cup, then you shake it and pound it on the counter top to get the air out and let it settle so you have room for more, and then you add one of those bubble lids, so you can get more Slurpee than the cup will hold, because, with this lid, it can run up over the edge.

You cannot ever out-give God. When we have barely a breath to speak, or the energy to walk across the room, if we try to give, God will reward us. That doesn’t mean it is easy. I have had God-ordained conversations with people that have exhausted me. I have seen God orchestrate divine appointments with a stranger, and I didn’t have the energy then to make dinner for my family. yet, God’s promises are true, and we may be gifted back something far greater than the energy just to make dinner.

Stay encouraged . . . And give. You will quickly discover He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25)

Prayer: Lord, I know You take delight in giving me gifts. I like to give gifts too. Gifts of my time, gifts of encouragement, even little sparkly gifts that make someone smile. Yet, when I give, I am always weighing the costs. What will it cost me financially, how much of my strength, what about my time? Thank You for being a God who never weighs Your gifts, but rather One who gives freely and generously. Teach me to be this kind of giver, and trust that You will then provide for all my other needs.

About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is gradually learning how to balance motherhood, family, illness, and ministry, but she still knows it will be a lifetime lesson. You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.

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Do you enjoy giving but find yourself weighing the cost of your gift to your body, health, time, or energy? What would happen if, even when you didn’t really feel like it, you gave anyway? Do you think God would restore what you gave?

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