Knowing That Thou Wilt Also Do More Than I Say
1 Timothy 4:16 - 2 Timothy 4:21(This blog comes from the book of Philemon - one of my most favorites - which we will be reading over the weekend.)
How much are you willing to give?
Your whole heart? Some of your heart? A portion of your heart?
All of your time? Some of your time? A portion of your time?
Everything you have? Some of what you have? A portion of what you have?
Is there a difference between giving all, giving some, and giving a portion?
To truly succor we must learn how to measure what we are willing to give.
The Lord says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…for with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
I think of canning wheat. I fill the ten inch round can with hard brown kernels to the rim, but this is not enough. If I shake the wheat together, if I press it down, there is always room for more. The good measure, the most that can fill the can, requires the shaking together. It requires the pressing down. I don’t want just a portion; I want the running over.
Now my thoughts fill with giving and I begin to understand that this is not just the way of my wheat, stored up and waiting ––it is also the way of my heart. For it is within the good measuring, the shaken down and pressed together moments that my heart runneth over. Those are the moments of succor. The dictionary explains that the word succor comes from Latin succurrere to run to the rescue. This running over, this running to rescue requires every bit of the heart, holding nothing back.
There are different kinds of giving ––giving of our heart, giving of our time, giving of what we have.
This kind of giving requires learning. Daily, it is a process for me. The lessons come through the shaking together and the pressing down, and I fast begin to understand that measuring with good measure is harder than it first appears. Through the process I have learned that there is one kind of giving that requires the whole of us.
There is giving in forgiving.
The lesson is contained right there inside the word, a giving. The same is true right there inside the heart, for to forgive, one must give ––without measure. To truly become a succorer of many, one must learn what it is to forgive.
Much like Philemon, who wronged by Onesimus, his slave, was asked to take him back in a letter from Paul.
It wasn’t the taking back that would be hard, it was the forgiving that would require the heart, for Onesimus had left under conditions that weren’t pleasant for either man involved.
But Paul trusted in Philemon’s heart, that he would take Onesimus back, not as a servant, but as a brother. Knowing it would be hard, Paul asked of Philemon like our Older Brother asks of each of us, “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account…I will repay it.” (Philemon 1:18)
I will pay the debt, if he hath wronged thee. Put that on mine account. I will repay it.
The Lord asks of us is to forgive, knowing it will require us to give.
Give a little in our stubbornness. Give a little in our proud stance. Give a little in our adherence to what we think is right, to how it is, to why we were wronged. Give, without measuring.
Shaken together, pressed down, and running over.
“For love’s sake I rather beseech thee…” (Philemon 1:9)
For love’s sake.
So, with great hope in us He watches for this giving, this forgiving.
“Having confidence…knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.” (Philemon 1:21 emphasis added)
And so we fill our hearts to the brim, but this is not enough.
It must be pressed down, and shaken together to make room for more. The good measure, the most that can fill the heart requires the shaking together. It requires the pressing down. Just a portion of forgiveness will not give the running over.
He has confidence that we will do more than He says. Without measure.
That is the way of forgiving.