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. WHY SHOULD WE GIVE? It is our duty. It is for God's glory. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
II. WHAT SHOULD WE GIVE?
1. Ourselves. St. Paul says of the Macedonians that they "first gave their own selves unto the Lord." This will make all else well-pleasing unto the Lord.
2. Our time.
3. Our influence.
4. Our money. We are but stewards of all that we possess.
III. HOW ARE WE TO GIVE?
2. Unostentatiously. " Let not thy right hand," &c.
3. Lovingly — from a principle of love to God and man in the heart.
IV. HOW MUCH ARE WE TO GIVE? The Bible does not give us exact and particular rules, but lays down general principles by which we are to govern our conduct. We must not offer to the Lord that which doth cost us nothing.
V. WHEN ARE WE TO GIVE? When cases of need, objects of compassion, or means of advancing the honour of God or the good of our fellow-men come before us. The injunction of the apostle was, "On the first day of the week," &c. (1 Corinthians 16:2).
VI. WHERE ARE WE TO GIVE? That question may be best answered by asking another, Where are we not to give? VII. WHO IS TO GIVE? The answer is "every man" — the rich of their abundance, the poor something even of their poverty. Widow and two mites. "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."
(H. Whitehead, M.A.)
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.