Luke 6:38 – 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.
This can be a life changing revelation. This is a description of how God has always intended for us to live our lives. Why do I say lifestyle? The word given in this verse is a continuous action verb. In other words, it is something that never stops. We will be sowing and harvesting for the rest of our lives. Jesus was speaking in an agricultural society. In this particular verse He is describing the bartering that goes on in the market. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation (or put your finger on the scale), give your customer a good deal. The customer will keep on coming back and favor and harvest will become a way of life for you. This is how we walk in the blessing of God. Here is how Oral Roberts describes it.
“I repeat: Your continual giving produces a continual renewing of your resources.
Jesus shows us this in everything He did. Every time He attempted something, He gave first. He did something first. He connected this giving and doing with seed as the lifestyle of His followers. In studying Jesus’ life over and over until His life began to absorb mine, I discovered that I was changing my thinking toward giving my tithes; in fact, I changed in all the ways I was giving of myself and my means. Before, I had practiced giving after I received. In other words, I was giving my tenth dollar as a debt I owed for the other nine dollars, rather than giving my first dollar back as a seed I sowed. So I redirected my giving from a debt I owed to a seed I sowed….When I saw that seedtime and harvest in its purest form is a cause and a result, I was able to see that my giving was what actually caused me to be able to receive.”
So our modern day businessmen are comparable to the farmers of Jesus day. Our seeds are literally our finances. We plant our seeds into the kingdom of God. What are the results? We are blessed. Our business becomes a conduit of the Lord’s provision.