Can you imagine a river that said to itself, “I’m not passing any more water downstream”? “After all, I can’t be a river without water, and how can I be sure any more water will come to me?”
That would be ridiculous. It would cause a terrible mess, and in fact the river would cease to be a river. I suppose it would be a swamp or a flood or something! But that’s the way we sometimes live our lives. We become obsessed with having things. We gather. We accumulate. We look for ways to profit from every exchange. We forget to ask, ‘why am I doing this?’, or ‘what is enough?’
Jesus once said “Give, and it will be given to you.” That’s how God’s economy works. And if we’re brave enough to try it, we find that there is plenty to go around. As it says in Psalm 65, ‘The river of God is overflowing with water’.
It’s helpful for us to remember that our lives are like the life of a river. We’re continually giving and receiving. And the more generous we are, the more we can receive. After all, it was none other than Jesus who said, “The measure you give will be the measure you get.”
This is the LifeBlog on Spirit Radio.