From the archives of Oral Roberts
I believe that the greatest sermon ever preached by Jesus, was The Sermon on the Mount. The last thing the Lord said in this famous sermon is found in Luke 6:38: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.”
Here we see the spiritual principle of sowing and reaping. That principle makes clear that we reap what we sow… we reap more than we sow… and we reap later after we sow. If we sow wheat, we will reap a harvest of wheat. We will also receive more grain than we planted, and we will harvest it at a later date than when we planted it.
The principle of sowing and reaping works the same way no matter what you sow. If you sow forgiveness, you will receive forgiveness. If you give friendship, you will reap a harvest of friends. If you show kindness to someone, you will be shown kindness in return.
Good things go into action supernaturally on your behalf the moment you give. Jesus said that with the same measure of liberality you give, it shall be given to you again. You receive in abundance, pressed down or compacted; shaken together so that there are no empty spots, and running over. There is a surplus. It’s more than can be contained!
God, who desires to meet every need we have, has given us a clear and simple principle for receiving from His hand. It’s this: Sow liberally into the areas where we wish to receive from His abundance!