The Gift of Generosity
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will . . . be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25)
Soon after the Christmas cards stop coming, the Christmas bills begin to arrive. Giving is costly, regardless of the price tag. Yet God says that in giving of ourselves and in focusing on others, we will be refreshed.
Many aspects of life seem contradictory. Solomon’s statement in Proverbs 11 points to one such paradox that is hard to wrap our minds around. From the time that we were children experimenting with water in the tub, we learned that a certain amount of water put in a cup is the amount that comes back out. Apparently, God’s math is a little different from ours, for he says that as we pour ourselves out for others, we will get back even more. God says that our resources in him are unlimited—we can give and give and still have more to give.
As we practice generosity with our energy, time, and money, we enjoy God’s blessing and refreshment. Generosity, it seems, is a freeing gift from God.
Give generously; God will fill you back up.
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