Jesus said, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38
This is a principle set forth in the scripture and witnessed time and time again in the lives of those that lived righteously.
One great example is from the Old Testament.
A man named Elimelech moved his wife and sons from Judah to Moab during a time of famine.
He died leaving his wife, Naomi, and the two sons behind. The sons married two of the local women, Orpah and Ruth, but within ten years the sons died also.
Women by themselves stood little chance of survival back then.
Naomi decides to return back to Judah. She insists that Orpah and Ruth stay in Moab and get remarried.
Orpah does so and nothing more is ever said of her; but not Ruth.
Ruth decided to give Naomi her full devotion and commitment to stay with her.
“Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. Ruth 1:16-18
This decision will be fulfilled in the words of Jesus.
Not only did Ruth go to Israel with Naomi but she found work in the field of a very rich relative of her deceased father-in-law and ended up marrying him.
Then the elders and all the people standing in the gate replied, “We are witnesses! May the Lord make this woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, from whom all the nation of Israel descended! May you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. And may the Lord give you descendants by this young woman who will be like those of our ancestor Perez, the son of Tamar and Judah.” Ruth 4:11-12
Ruth gave birth to a son and he was named Obed.
In time, Obed married and had a son named Jesse, who had a son that kept sheep and slew a giant. His name was David.
In the course of time, David had a descendant – the One that said, “Give and you will receive!” That, of course, was Jesus the Messiah.
A gift is more than handing someone a present, a gift card, or cash; it is giving someone else a part of yourself – your love, friendship, and commitment to always be there for them.