Have been reading Joshua Millsí Positioned for Prosperity, and having learnt that God favors a generous giver, I have to declare that Luke 6: 38 is really about receiving Godís blessing through the awesome work of giving to others. Donít doubt, believers, it is a law, an ultimate law that is more accurate than the Law of Gravity. Jesus might not be able to walk on water if He was constrained by the Law of Gravity (Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:16-21).
But the Law of giving and receiving it never changes, because thatís part of Godís character, just like God, Who never changes, and Who was the same yesterday, today and the days to come (Hebrew 13: 8).
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).
Itís been so easy for me to keep quiet about what Iíve gone through. However, I do feel the urge of sharing it so that the Lordís name could be fairly glorified.
Dropping my father at the airport this morning, soon as I parked at Novotel Parking, started loading his suitcases onto the trolley, a thought came to my mind - I suddenly realized how Iíd got this current job Iím doing since mid-last year:
I was doing house painting for three months before I got this current job, working at this security company as an operator. Before I got this job, Iíd never had a proper job throughout the years. I thought I was special, thought I was one of the most sincere followers of Jesus, I thought I was educated and talented in many aspects, so that I should deserve one of the top jobs in the world. However, none of what I thought I should deserve had come upon me. After graduation from Bible College, I stayed at home for a year, looking after my new born (a very unlikely excuse to keep myself from being mocked by the majority). However, as the family saving started running low, I was obliged to find a job (any job, as long as I could make ends meet). And yet, without a proper working background (most jobs Iíd done in the past were part time, and none of the jobs I did had ever lasted over 3 months), finding a proper job, to get a minimum wage could even be troublesome to me. But I needed that money. I applied for a job posted on Mandarin Page, doing house painting. It was a Malaysian company I worked for. The boss paid me even less than the minimum wage (I doubt if it was even legal). Most people I happened to work with couldnít speak English, and they would never be tired of picking on me for almost every single task I performed, to make believe that they were better than me and deserved a better pay (though still lower than the minimum wage). I started longing for a proper job, a stable one, no matter how much hard work it requires, I needed to get one, and would be more than willing to run all extra miles to make sure my boss appreciate my performance (Ephesians 6: 4 Ė 6) . I prayed to God urgently at times that He could get me out of the situation.
The house painting season was soon over (another three months). I was in need of finding another job, but I had totally, absolutely, lost all my100% of hope in the workforce: Getting a job (a proper job)? Sending a CV? Passing an interview? Is that even possible? I sent out a few more CVs (my wife had supported me greatly, helping me edit it). I was given an interview opportunity at ADT Security. I didnít take for granted. I thought it might just be another interview, yet another rejection (I was sick of rejections).
One morning, I received a call from one of my colleagues from the painting company. He said he needed money, wondering if I might lend him a few hundred bucks, for heíd recently moved into another apartment, and all what heíd got had been paid for the 3-week deposit. I felt a lurch in my stomach hearing that he needed to borrow from me. Weirdly, I felt embarrassed. Are you joking? How can you have such audacity to ask me for money? I didnít even know what kind of person he was. I advised that I didnít have much money. I was honest. He was a more experienced house painter, and had been getting paid four bucks more than I did per hour, how can I afford giving you money? Iíd been giving all my wages to my wife. And my wages could hardly cover our weekly expenses (my wife had to work, and looking after our baby). I told him that I would need to think about it. But he was persistent, and kept asking me for money, and in the last call he made, he mentioned that he hadnít had anything to eat for about 4 days. Iíd been taught, and known more than clearly that God favors a generous giver. Perhaps this was a time God was testing my generosity? I checked my bank account; there was only about 300 bucks (everything I had). I prayed to God, and I decided to believe that he needed that money, so I transferred the 300 bucks to his bank account, and determined to believe that God is going to provide me with all I need, and the borrower didnít have to pay me back. God knows my heart Ė believing what the borrower had said shouldnít be my fault. I prayed to God that Iíd given the money really for the sake of God Himself.
The next day I received a call from ADT Security that I was admitted for the role of a monitoring operator. I was more than surprised, for throughout the years, Iíd received hundreds of rejections, and even occasionally I did get one or two interview opportunities, soon as my eyes met the interviewerís, I could already make a conclusion clearly that it was just another rejection. I was so tired of rejections. I even condemned the workforce at times. How could I, someone without adequate work experience, who seldom talks, and who sucks tremendously at social skills get a call center job?
God favors a generous giver, just like God Himself, Whoís all about giving. However, to us, the whole point of giving is not about giving, but actually about receiving Godís abundant blessings, and the very term of giving (with a gracious heart) is really the gateway of receiving. Be blessed, so we can bless many others. We give more, God will surely give us more back, and we can give others more and more. God owns everything, we donít own anything. The currency in the world is money, while the currency in heaven is faith (Bishop Brian Tamaki). Thatís how God works, and thatís the Law of God, which never fails, more permanent than the Law of Gravity. Throughout the six months, Iíve never realized how I got my job until this very day.
After reading Positioned for Prosperity, Iíve definitely become more aware of the very term of giving, and been determined to be a good boy to our Father in Heaven. Iíve sowed about 200 bucks into New Wine Ministry at about three or four times. Each time after I entered my credit card number and pressed Ďpayí, I struggled maybe a little bit, thinking: Well, fifty bucksí gone just like that. However, the very next day, my boss at work told me that I got 100% calls (based on Quality Assurance), which means they were going to pay me more than 100 bucks bonus. All my work colleagues might have the impression that I am a reserved person, who seldom talks, and who sucks at social skills, who would never get even 85%. And this was true actually - throughout the 6 months, Iíd only got 85% once or twice, my average QA (Quality Assurance) result has been something around 70% or 75%, while the threshold to incentive is 85%. The other day, I imported a few more Positioned in Prosperity from New Wine International to give away, and after I gave one of them to my trainer, who was leaving for Australia, I got another 100% QA for the month. And yesterday, as I got back to work from my annual leave, my boss was telling me that I got two 100% QA for the month, and this, for most experienced operators, is still difficult. And my result had brought up his team record. To a fair manager, for someone like me to get such results might not even seem fair to many others, who are more detail minded and open, and excellent at social skills.
Isnít God awesome? It was God, who allowed the QA team to pick out all my best calls for the month (by random of course).
Yesterday, my boss had meeting with us about the new QA rules, which is more detailed, and getting 100% is no longer as easy as it used to be. I donít know what this means to me, or if the change of the rules has had anything to do with me. Could that mean new challenges? Could that mean new a new beginning? I donít know, but one thing I do know is this: as long as God wants to bless us, weíre blessed indeed, one way or another.