A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (ESV)
Do you know that good feeling you get inside when you help someone? The deep satisfaction and joy of giving freely of your time and possessions? I believe that is what these verses are referring to; and to be completely honest, sometimes I just don’t feel like I have the energy, time or money to give.
We live in a world where self-gratification is prevalent. I find myself making excuses – I’m too tired, I really don’t have the time right now, I have bills to pay and I’m not sure if I can afford to give at this time.
But God’s word is true, and I’ve experienced it myself. When I let go of my selfish desires and obey God’s promptings, He supplies the energy, time and financial means to help and bless others. The more we give, the more He gives us so we can give more. Blessed to be a blessing.
This week is a great time to begin applying these verses to our lives. I challenge you to try it. You might want to make a double recipe of hash brown casserole and give one to another family; write a thank you note to your mail carrier; offer to watch someone else’s children for a few hours; or simply make eye contact and smile at everyone you see when you’re out running errands. Bless someone today and I guarantee you will be blessed in return.