Good morning, peeps!
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. – Luke 6:38 KJV
The first thing I thought when I read this verse was, “I wonder what it will be put in?” I was referring to the blessing. “Okay, God. In what will it be ‘pressed down and shaken together and running over’?” I think this is a pretty legit question at 3:30 in the morning. “You” is what came to my heart. Hmm. This is the first time I’ve ever viewed Luke 6:38 as a spiritual blessing. I’ve always thought, “My bank account ’bout to be FAT!!” Well, I’m in no condition to receive an abundance of spiritual-anything. If it’s running over, it will because it has no place else to go – there’s too much gunk in here! I began to make a list of everything that needs to go when the image of Mrs. Potts from Beauty And The Beast popped into my head…along with the latter part of Romans 12:1, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. Huh? I thought, “I’ve got a singing tea kettle and scriptures coming at me all reckless. This really is too much for 3 in the morning, God. Make it clear.”
Remember how Mrs. Potts looked? She was beautiful, delicate, and annoyingly cheerful. She didn’t get that way by herself, though: she was made that way…by the potter. She started out as a grey lump of clay. How many times have you read Romans 12:1 and thought about all of the things YOU have to do to be ‘holy and acceptable unto God’? Throw that to-do list away today. Only God can make you ‘holy and acceptable’ unto Him. We don’t have it within our power to do so. All we have to do is present ourselves to Him, as a living sacrifice, get up on that potter’s wheel and let the Master Potter do what only He can do: make us ready to receive what will be pressed down, shaken together and running over. And yes: this IS another devotional about yielding. I’ll get it eventually. Have a good day.