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Silver Serving Ladle

Large Silver Serving LadleDr. Algernon Odell Steele a Professor of Religion in Chicago wrote in "Spiritual Treasures from the Past" that there was an old proverb, "Self preservation is the first law of nature." This has been recently broadened to encompass another truth, "The first law of nature is self-preservation, the first law of the Spirit is self-sacrifice." Jesus our teacher said, "Give to others, and God will give to you." This was the complete opposite of the prevailing philosophy in our western culture, which said, "Get more and you will be better off. Give and you will have less!" Perhaps this was the reason for the poverty of spirit in so much of our society. Jesus gave back to the generous-hearted, a full measure, an overflowing helping, all that can be held in our hands. "Never criticize or condemn or it will all come back on you. Go easy on others; then they will do the same for you. This means literally "release and you shall be released." For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give whether large or small will be used to measure what is given back to you." Yes, the larger the ladle that you measure out for others, the larger the one that God will measure out to you.✞

Jesus' Disciple

Girl and measuring stickWhere do you stand? Do you measure up to the standards set for Jesus disciples in Luke 6.39 "What good is it for one blind man to lead another? He will fall into a ditch and pull the other down with him. Beware of the pitfalls that Jesus pinpointed here. One blind man cannot lead another one. If he did, both would tumble into a ditch.✞

"Jesus Gives Back"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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