When we give, it is given back to us according to what measure we gave. When we judge others, we will be judged with what measure we judged. When we love others, we will receive love with what measure we love others.
When we get into the word of God and are being taught and fed, we will receive with what measure we hear.
Well, first of all, when you give just so that you can receive back you are giving with the wrong heart, so what you get measured back will be accordingly to what your heart gave. In other words if you give $100 but you really only wanted to give $10. then you will only get $10 worth of measure back. When you love others, you love them regardless because that is what God says we are to do. He not only says it, He commands it. We all of us need to humble ourselves to not be so concerned with the approval of our peers but we need to seek first the approval of God. We need to make sure we know what He says and we act accordingly so that we will receive a full measure back from Him.
In Mark 4 Jesus is telling us to make sure we have ears to hear. I think when Jesus says this throughout scripture He is getting ready to tell you something you really need to pay attention to.
Mark 4 vs 21-25...Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more is given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."
When we walk in the light of Jesus, that is our lamp shining forth. When we are not walking with Him we are in darkness. When we get into His word, we are being fed and taught, or when we go to church we are being taught. When we get away from the word of God, when we quit going to church, when we continue to stay away, we get further and further away from God and the light grows dimmer and dimmer. When we are walking in darkness, God knows, we have no secrets from Him, He knows what we are doing when we are not in church, being taught His word, or when we do not open our bibles and feed ourselves. We can not hide anything from Him. And when we do not share Him and His word with others, then we are not being fruitful, and therefore we lose some of our measure. Another way to say this, is that we invested poorly and unwisely. We were like the guy who buried his one talent and so his master took it away and gave it to the one who invested his money wisely. If God can not trust you with a little bit, how can He trust you with much more?
God has so much to give us, the measure He has for us is so great, we do not even have room to hold it all, but if we do not have ears to hear what He is telling us, in other words if we do not live out His word, we are limiting Him on what measure He can give back to us. He will not give us more than we can handle. So what are we doing with what He gives us. Are we hiding it in the dirt. In other words are we hiding it in our heart and not sharing with others? Or are we investing that word into others lives so that our measure can grow?
Will you be given more, or will you lose what you have? Don't lose what understanding you have received from God's word by not putting it into action. Continue to stay in His word and stay under His teaching so that He may give you more.