Choose Your Measure

I once heard a story about a simple farmer who was richly blessed by God. The farmer was known as one of the biggest givers in his church and his community. He constantly blessed those around him and was a wonderful example of generosity. Though he gave much, his wealth and success continued to expand. It seemed the more he gave away, the more God gave back to him.   

The farmer’s pastor was honestly amazed at his high level of generosity, and asked him, “How is it that you keep giving so much away, yet your wealth and success continue to expand?” The farmer simply replied, “Preacher, I don’t understand at all. All I know is that I am shoveling out blessings as fast as I know how, and God is shoveling back blessings to me. All I can figure is that God has a bigger shovel than I do!”

I love that story. 

I love it because it is very true of our God: He desires to bless us so that we can bless others. As God shovels blessings our way, it is our job to shovel those blessings out to the people God puts around us. And by the same measure we shovel out blessings, God will shovel back blessings into our lives. However, not all these blessings are financial. Some come in the form of good will built up with others who come to our aid when we are in need. I hope we never underestimate God’s willingness and desire to bless us here and now!

Once, I had a conversation with a pastoral couple from a charismatic church. They mentioned something about God expanding my influence, my church, and my personal resources. I quickly replied, “Oh, that will never happen. I give away too much to ever have very much.” They immediately replied, “Mike, that’s exactly why God is going to expand you. He is looking for people he can trust to spread the blessings around.” They had me on that point. 

Their point, in fact, is the very point Jesus made in this verse from the gospel of Luke: “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (6:28). God is looking to bless those He can trust to spread the blessing around. There’s a great blessing in being a blessing! But how will you live that out? Can you be someone God can trust to bless others? It would be worth a try!