Pressed Down, Shaken Together and Running Over
Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 6:21; 2 Corinthians 9:6
- Potato chips or box of cereal
How many of you like to eat potato chips? What is your favorite kind? (Wait for responses.)
I love to eat chips, but I am always so disappointed when I open the bag. I have this huge bag of chips and I open it up (open the bag of chips and show the inside) and it is only half full! It’s like I went to buy a bag of air and I found a couple chips inside!
The Bible says in Luke 6:38 that we should give generously to others. I know that it isn’t always easy to give things away though. What are some reasons that we might not want to give things away? (Wait for some responses.) Maybe because we are afraid that we won’t have enough?
Well in that verse is says that when we give it will come back to us. But not just the same that we gave! It won’t come back like this back of chips, half empty. It will come back pressed down, shaken together and running over! Most bags of chips and boxes of cereal say “some settling may occur during shipping.” Well God doesn’t allow settling to happen during shipping. He presses our blessings down, shakes them together and adds more until it is running over!
So, whenever you feel hesitant to help someone in need or be generous, just remember that God will bless you more than you can even imagine!