If you want to have your financial needs met–give of what you have! If you want to have a friend–show yourself friendly! If you want to keep your life–give it away! These are spiritual truths, but they sure don’t make sense to our natural way of thinking– give and you will have what you need…
It takes faith to live the way God asks us to live. His Word instructs us to give away to others in order to receive what we need in our own life. In Proverbs chapter 11, verses 24 and 25, it talks about two types of people: givers, and those who try to take: There are those who (generously) scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting orwhat is justly due, but it results only in want. The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered. (Amplified Bible)
The world tells us to go out and get what we want, to take care of ourselves first. After all, we should have what we want! And we should keep everything we get, too. But the truth is that the more we hold back, the less we will find that we have.
Are you lonely, needing a friend? Are there financial shortfalls? Do you fight to keep your life exactly the way you want it–no interruptions? Instead, try giving away to someone else in need of the very thing that youwant for yourself. This is the way to an “enriched” life, a “watered” life. Trust in God, in the fact that what He says is truth. It may not be the natural way of thinking–but you will find joy in living to give, and He will give back to you!