Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over – will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. “Luke 6:38 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be an honest person”
The primary lesson Jesus was teaching in Luke 6:38 was about how God blesses your generosity. If you are generous with others, God will bless you back in multiple ways. Generosity is certainly an important virtue, and that is the primary point in this lesson from Jesus, but it’s not what I want to focus on this morning. Instead I want to zero-in on a secondary lesson we can draw out of the illustration Jesus used to teach His main point.
His original listeners would have immediately understood Jesus’ reference to a good measure (as opposed to a bad measure). In their day it was common to go into a marketplace and see a merchant weighing out wheat, flour, or grain into a sack. A dishonest merchant would have inaccurate scales designed to cheat the customer. The scale would lead the customer to believe they were receiving the full measure they were paying for, when in reality they were getting a bit less. That’s a bad measure.
An honest merchant would not only have accurate scales, but once he had poured into the sack the full amount you were paying for, he would press it down to make more room in the sack so he could pour in a little extra. Then he would shake the sack up and down to further compress it so he could pour in even a little more. Then with a wink and a smile he would hand you your sack, filled to overflowing with even more than what you had paid for. That’s a good measure and that’s how God blesses us once we have blessed others.
Be like the honest merchant. Be completely honest with people. And then beyond that, bless them with a little extra. Give them a good deal, give them a smile, give them a wink, and send them off to have a great day. That’s how God deals with us and that’s how we should deal with others.
Be an honest and generous person and it won’t be long before everyone knows that about you. It will become your reputation, and ultimately, your legacy.