How Is Your Giving?
Prov 11:24 NKJV
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right.
If you listen to the average person’s testimony, it is usually about what they received. We have the mindset that receiving is the greatest thing that can happen to us. But It turns out that there is a greater empowerment of blessing that comes on our lives when we give, than when we receive.
By releasing something, room is made for your increase, and the door is opened for your progress. One of the spiritual truths that most of us have not been taught is that If you are feeling stuck at any level, we may need to examine our giving. You will rise to the level of your sacrifice in life and no further. When you stop giving you lose your capacity for more. The world’s mindset for achieving success is to get and hold on to every asset you can amass, and if you release it you will lose out. In fact, this is the quickest way to kill your own potential. Every area of your life in which you are not giving anything, but you are receiving something, is dying. Giving allows your life to be replenished and refreshed.
Whatever you are doing in life, the secret of growth is to engage in it with all your heart. Don’t withhold what you could put in – be passionate and enthusiastic. Your excellence will shine out and open doors for you. Giving is about operating in an attitude of generosity in every way: with your time, your money, your ideas, your abilities, your love, your attention, your knowledge and your skills; in fact, with every resource that you command. Giving more will take your life to another level. It is the thing that triggers a Greater Harvest than you have ever seen before.
Your marriage may be good, but what would it be like if you were to give your whole self to your spouse? Your ministry may be bearing fruit, but what would happen if you loved those people God has given you to minister to with everything that is in you? You may be covering your bills, but what would happen if you started sowing financial seed like you used to when you were desperate for God to meet your needs? If you are a believer, you know that the scriptures are replete with the admonition to be generous in all things, because at the end of the day, that is the virtue most like our blessed God.
Proverbs 11:25 The generous soul will be made rich.
Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Prov 19:17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.
Let me ask you this: is everything you own close to you, or are you using your personal resources to have a positive impact on someone else? Maybe it is time to think about being a blessing to others, and trust God to take care of you. Maybe it’s time to give so much at work that your new name become “Sought After.” Maybe it’s time to pour so much into your family that your kids can rise head and shoulders above their peers. The devil’s plan is to make you and I so afraid of giving, and so reluctant to get involved in this system, that we will never enjoy its rewards, because we are afraid of running out. If you yield to that fear you will never know what God has in store for you the other side of your willingness to co-operate with the Kingdom of God. At this point in your life, I encourage you to be teachable and to allow someone to stretch you – unless you are content to play in the Little League all your life.
Why not make the determination to make the Super Bowl? Your life and results will increase and grow as you increase and grow. There is no mystery: your current results are an indicator of the person you have become so far. You will never see a significant harvest in your life if you stay in your comfort zone.