I enjoy baking. Not that I am an incredible success at it. I have shed many a tear in the kitchen from my flops! Yet I am a sucker for punishment and I carry on baking up a storm.
Unlike Jesus, baking is not very forgiving! If you do not follow the recipe as it is laid out, you will end up with a flop. And extra salt from the tears. Jesus has His own recipe for giving, and He uses as much flour as He can squeeze into that cup.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
This is how baking reminds me of Luke 6:38
These are the rules to measuring flour (men bear with me):
- You have to scoop the flour into the measuring cup until it overflows. You then have to use the back side of a knife to level off the flour.
BUT when we give, our rewards are not leveled off. What we receive will be good measure and running over! And I’m not talking about monetary rewards – but joy and blessedness in Christ!
- Do not tap or shake the measuring cup, as this causes the flour to settle in the cup and become more dense.
BUT Jesus says our reward will be so good that it will be ‘shaken together’ – He wants to fit so much in that a little shaking is necessary to make some space… for more!
- Do not press the flour down to add in more – extra flour will make your baked products heavy and tough.
BUT Jesus says what we are about to receive will be pressed down – pressing flour down in a cup compacts it and you make way for more!
That’s my little experiment in my kitchen:
Jesus wants us to cheerfully open our hearts to give to others. As we give, God is so gracious and He rewards us far better than we could ever reward ourselves! Serving others means we are serving Jesus and we are left with an abundance of deliciously rich, chocolately, sprinkle-covered kingdom cake!