Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…
I. GET, GATHER. Are there not many persona of a very careless and prodigal disposition?
II. GIVE. Begin to give as soon as you begin to get. That will prevent the danger of a growing covetousness.
III. THE GIVING SHOULD BE IN SOME PROPORTION TO THE INCOME. I do not presume to fix the proportion. But I the more insist on the principle of a fair and just proportion, and on the duty o! the individual to turn the principle into practice. This proportion, however, will never be reached, or at any rate, will hardly for any long time be continued, except in connection with another principle of far deeper hold and wider sway, the principle that —
IV. WHAT IS LEFT IS GIVEN TOO. It is also true that we shall never understand really what Christian giving is until —
V. WE GET BEYOND WHAT IS CALLED THE DUTY OF IT TO THE HIGHER GROUND OF THE BLESSEDNESS OF IT. "It is more blessed to give than to receive," is a universal truth applicable not to money alone, but to the whole of life's experiences.
3. Life itself.The possibility of giving life, self, to God for ever. The certainty of having at length to yield the gift of life into the hand of God.
(A. Raleigh, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.