'Packing It In'
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing...
- Luke 6:38
Do you ever sort, sift and re-settle a bag or box of goods to make sure you can fit in as much as possible? Whether it's the carton of fresh berries you're about to purchase or the gift bag you cram for your youngest child's birthday, it's fun and exciting to prepare, or receive, something filled to overflowing--as though it's just unable to contain itself for joy.
Jesus' words mix together the abundant goodness of giving and receiving. He shows the lavishness of God's love and shows, too, that we can be more and more God-like through giving and receiving: physical gifts like food and clothes, emotional gifts like comfort and kindness, spiritual gifts like hope and faith and fortitude.
Christ came to give life--life to the full. Let us, then, not be stingy in our living. Let us shake it down and pack it to overflowing.
Lord, may I give and receive life to the full.
- Mary Marrocco
Courtsey Of: http://www.livingfaith.com/devotion-09-10-2020