‘There’s always more where that came from’

Growing your heart.

Growing your heart.

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 to you. Luke 6:38

It is a principle true throughout scripture that giving is a two-way street. When you give, you receive. When Jesus relates this principle as He did in the verse above, He gives the impression that when you give, you receive back even more. Some have taught this principle as a means of receiving — focusing more on what you get back than what you give. That is not the idea here. You do not give so that you will get; you give, and you, and your world, get bigger. You don’t give in order to become this way; you give and you will become this way as a matter of course. Giving enlarges your boundaries and you become a generous, open-handed, big-hearted person. Refuse to give and you become just the opposite — a narrow, rigid, tight-fisted Scrooge-like person.

I had the privilege of knowing a very generous couple as a young man and they became mentors to me in my single years. Horton and Edna were their names, and though they have both gone on to be with the Lord, their style of living continues to be an inspiration to me whether I adopt it or not. One of Horton’s favorite sayings was, “There’s always more where that came from.”

Now being a natural-born miser, that statement scares me to death. He can say that because he was a fairly wealthy man who must have had a nest egg set aside somewhere so he could say, “There’s always more where that came from,” and be able to produce it. But the more I think about this, and the closer I get to his age when I knew him, I realize this comment was about much more than just having some money sitting around somewhere. It was much bigger than that. It was the way he lived his life. He was a generous person, and because of that God had blessed Him with more to give all the way around. Need some love? Here, and there’s more where that came from. Need some courage? Here, and there’s more where that came from. Need some faith? Here, and there’s more where that came from. Need some patience? Here, and there’s more where that came from. It wasn’t just about money. It was about living with a big heart, and that big heart came from being a genuinely giving person.

Like the Grinch who stole Christmas, whose heart grew two sizes bigger when he decided to give it back, we become bigger people when we give, with more resources, and there indeed is more where that came from. The more you give, the more you will have to keep on giving. God sees to that.

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One Response to ‘There’s always more where that came from’

  1. Terri Main says:

    The very best exegesis of that verse I have ever seen. That is definitely the point of this scripture. Yet, the greed present in our hearts and collectively in our culture turns a principle of generosity into a money-making scheme. Good words.

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