The Law of Reciprocity

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

– Luke 6:38

I would like to share with you today the first of two principles that you can use to measure the impact of your service. First, we have the reciprocity law. According to the law of reciprocity, what goes around comes around. Others always feel obligated to return favors. Although that’s not a good reason to serve someone, it still happens. If you have given to a charity, maybe you received an envelope with a collection of free return labels that have your name and address on them and a lovely picture of the countryside. Because it’s free, you think I’ll send them twenty dollars. There’s a law of reciprocity at work here.  

The promise of reciprocity is also given by God. We should tithe because He says those barns of heaven will be opened up and there won’t be enough room for it all. Those who give to the poor are lending to God. It’s a good feeling to know that you helped a poor person, a person who could never repay the favor. The good news is that God will return it to you in abundance. 

Friend, the key to reciprocity is to make sure you don’t serve others because of what will come back to you, but instead, understand that when you put enough good out there, and you give enough, then it will just come back around to you. It’s impossible to predict, you can’t plan it, and you shouldn’t even try. Become generous, selfless, and serve as God leads you, and in due time, you will receive thirty, sixty, or a hundred times what you have given!


Father, assist me in becoming a more loving, selfless, and generous person.


In what ways have you helped someone who was unable to repay you?

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