Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”
(Mark 4:24-25 (NIV))
This doesn’t sound very fair, does it? It sounds like those who are rich will be greatly rewarded while those who are poor will be stripped of what little they do possess.
Think about that concept, though, from a different perspective and not from a worldly perspective.
If you have compassion, you will be given compassion. If you have love, you will be given love. If you have joy, you will be given joy. If you have peace, you will be given peace.
If you do not show compassion, what little you do have will eventually be taken and none will be shown to you. If you do not show love, what love that may be around you will soon be withdrawn and replaced with contempt and hatred. If you do not have joy, what joy that may be around you will also be chased away the minute that you enter a room. If you do not have peace, your presence will soon take the peace of others.
There is an old saying that you reap what you sow. If you want a bountiful harvest, sow graciously. Be willing to freely give away that which you desire to possess. There is something about this concept that draws measure upon measure. If you want to be loved, then freely love all that you see. If you desire to surround yourself with great joy, be extremely joyful in all that you do. Do not allow yourself to be beaten down by the world. Turn to Jesus and let Him keep full the measure that you are able to give. Do this by giving freely of what He has given to you. Don’t hoard what He has given to you, for how can He give you more if you don’t use it wisely and you don’t make room for it?
What do you desire to be blessed with? Give it freely and it will return to you measure upon measure.