"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again" Luke 6:38 KJV
If giving was a play, who and how many principal characters would there be? The answer actually depends on who the writer of the play is. There are two writers; God and the devil. Let's look at the answer from the perspective of each writer.
The play of giving as written and directed by the devil has at least three principal characters. They are you, the gift, and the given.
In the devil's own play of giving, you are the main character. With his play, it is actually all about you. Whatever decision you want to take as it concerns the giving has to have you as the center point. Without a you as far as he is concerned, there would be no play in the first place. All he wants you to do is to think of yourself and do what is right for you.
The next principal character in his play of giving is the gift. The gift is not fixed and is entirely dependent on two things i.e you and the given(who is the last of the principal characters). So the gift is as important as the other two allows it to be. Of the two, the quality of the gift(or quantity) stills depends largely on you more than it does the given. In fact, it is the degree of value you decide to place on the given that will to a very large extent, determine the quality and quantity of the gift that is to be given. So in the devils play on giving, the gift is not fixed i.e it does not have a value of its own but solely depends on your perception of the given.
This is the last of the principal characters in the play of giving as written and directed by the devil. This is the person that has a need that you are putting under consideration. In the devil's play, the given is very important. But its importance is strongly tied to your sense of value of that person that is to be given. And this sense of value is tied to how beneficial that person was, is or will be to you. That is, it is still tied to you and what you think of the person. If the person is of high value to you, you might not mind going to borrow for that person or giving them more than they even require. But if the person is not as valuable to you, you might give them far less than was requested i.e if you even give in the first place.
This about sums up all the principal characters in the play of giving as written and directed by the devil. Let's look at the other writer.
In God's own play of giving, He only has two principal characters. They are; God and you.
He is one of those directors who like starring in their own movies. The role He plays in His own play of giving is to instruct on what needs to be given, how, when and generally every thing that surrounds that gift. He is extremely particular and touchy about how He wants His play to pan out and you can see His hand in every aspect of the production of the play. This is probably why many don't like working with Him and actually prefer to work with and in the devil's play of giving while they mouth praises about God on how He is a maestro of a director and playwright. In reality, they don't really like working with Him because He doesn't give them much room to add any input. This is so unlike the devil who will in fact give you the whole play to rewrite as long as you stick to his three main characters and agree with the spirit of his philosophy about giving.
The you part in God's play on giving is for you to just do what He tells you and as He tells you. He wants you to give liberally, cheerfully, bountifully, according to what you have and yet, sacrificially. There are so many nuances involved in His giving that He realizing that there is no way you can do what He wants you to do to perfection, went on ahead to give you His Spirit so that all you now need to do is to walk in Him. He serves what doubles will serve in a movie and He also serves as an idiot's card as He literally takes your hand and walks you through every motion of God's play on giving. Not many people sign up for this even though millions attest to how amazing a gifted a writer He is.
So with God, there are just two characters; you and Him. The given is totally almost irrelevant because all God wants you to do is to concentrate on doing what He tells you to do even to the person He wants you to do it to without looking at the person. There are so many things involved in His play of given as it has to do with what and how you have to do what he wants you to that looking at the person you are doing it to might become a distraction in itself.
These are the two play-writes in a nutshell, one wonders the director you have been working under.