Its-time-for-Elevation-Elevate our Giving
“Its Time for Elevation-Elevate our Giving”
I. “Give and it shall be given…”
Give, and it shall be given to you, good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over, they shall give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)
A. It is time to elevate in every area of our lives. As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Hosanna Fellowship is time to remember why we are here. We are here to be salt and light to this area and to this generation. We are to be a healing balm as well as a sending center. We are to be a place of habitation and a house of prayer. We are to be a training center and a justice force. For these things to take place we have to first elevate our thinking, then we must elevate the voice, then we must elevate the giving.
B. In the text we discover that Jesus is recorded as saying by Luke in 6:37 “Judge not and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. The context first and foremost has to do with how we relate to those around us.
C. And judge not (kai mē krinete). Mē and the present active imperative, forbidding the habit of criticism. The common verb krinō, to separate, we have in our English words critic, criticism, criticize, discriminate. Jesus does not mean that we are not to form opinions, but not to form them rashly, unfairly, like our prejudice.- Robertson’s Word Pictures
D. Condemn Not…Probably even more significant to our walk with others is to not condemn. Fostered, nurtured critique will generally lead us to passing verdicts on people thus taking the place of the One who won the right to Judge all mankind.
E. Instead of condemnation Jesus commands us to Forgive or in other words release.
II. Elevate Our Giving
A. In our text we see Jesus relating our ability to release and not criticize and adjudicate as being the idea behind the emphasis of giving. Matthew 7:1-2 help us in understanding this reality. If we will give in these areas there will be nothing withheld from us.
B. The measure becomes immeasurable it’s simply commensurate with the measure given plus.
C. Pressed Down, shaken together, and running over are dry good descriptors.
D. If we are going to experience the promises of God we must elevate our giving in these areas.
E. Giving is spiritual with a very practical expression.
III. I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
What do you Give? Where do you Give? When do you Give? How do you Give?
I Peter 3:7, Hebrews 13:15, Romans 4:20, James 2:16, Colossians 4:1, 2 Corinthians 9:7,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)