Luke 6:36-38 (NRSV)
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Double blog today!!
A short one.
The “measure” that God gives us is a “pressed down”, “shaken together”, “running over” measure!
I think that’s a fantastic image!
We’ve all done it, haven’t we? poured flour into a tupperware, but there’s a bit left in the bag and the tupperware seems full – but you don’t want to keep a tiny bit in the bag in the cupboard and you don’t want to throw it away – so you tap the tupperware and compact it with a spoon so that you can fit the last bit in.
Or you’ve watched the barman carfully making sure that your pint of bitter isn’t all foamy head – it’s a knack and a skill!
That’s what God is like – he gives us the fullest measure there can be. In fact he overdoes it a bit so that it is overflowing.
Does that match the measure I give to God and my neighbour? How often is the measure I give the barest minimum? Answer? Too often.
Now you’ve all had double-daily-measure of my blog! Your cups are oferflowing! Yay! 🙂