Wouldn’t the world be a far better place if everyone went out of their way to bless other people?
The way to get blessed and thus be in a better position to bless others, is so simple that Christians throughout the Church age have felt compelled to complicate it. We repeat pious sounding phrases like, “You should never give in order to get“. Generally speaking, being selfish means not giving to others, not doing things to bless or to help others, holding tightly to what is yours. Wouldn’t the world be a far better place if everyone went out of their way to bless other people, knowingly full well that they would be blessed even more in return? You can call it selfishness if you want, but it’s a good kind of selfishness! What’s more, it’s exactly what the Bible teaches, 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “He which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully“, the literal Greek translation of this verse is, “He that sows to bless shall reap the blessing“. Isn’t it right that if God has said that when we bless others, we in turn will get blessed, that we expect that what God said will actually happen?
God says that if I give, I am going to get, so that’s exactly what I will expect to happen.
This is not a, “You do me a favour, I’ll do you a favour” / “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours“, sort of thing either. The majority of the time the blessing that we receive will not come via the person that we blessed. Neither will it be on a like for like basis – God’s ways are so much better than that! Look at Luke 6:38 in The Living Bible: “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you“. There it is, straight out of the Word of God, “If you give, you will get“, and what’s more you will get back far more than what you gave in the first place. God says that if I give, I am going to get, so that’s exactly what I will expect to happen.
Any reluctance to give ‘too much’ comes from a doubt that God will really deliver on what He said.
In fact, being generous is the main test that you will need to pass before God will trust you with Biblical prosperity. It is when we faithfully obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit whilst we still have relatively little, that God will trust us with much. This is shown in Luke 19:17 from the J.B. Phillips translation, “‘Splendid, my good fellow’, he said, ‘since you have proved trustworthy over this small amount, I am going to put you in charge of ten towns’“. It is simply a matter of trusting that God’s promise of, “If you give, you will get“, will actually work. Any reluctance to give ‘too much’ comes from a doubt that God will really deliver on what He said. Some of the Israelites suffered from this doubt after God promised to feed them whilst they were in the desert. God had told the people that they were to gather manna & quails and to eat them on the same day, leaving nothing over night, the implication being that the next day God would provide more. But some people doubted whether God would really provide the next day, and so they kept some food overnight, “Just in case….” The result is detailed in Exodus 16:20 from the Contemporary English Version, “Some of them disobeyed, but the next morning what they kept was stinking and full of worms, and Moses was angry“.
God has promised to supply all of our needs, but it’s not going to happen if we ignore God’s way of doing things regarding finances.
God has promised to supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19), but it’s not going to happen if we ignore God’s way of doing things regarding finances – which primarily revolve around tithing and giving. The world’s way, for rich & poor alike, is to act like Scrooge for the main part of ‘A Christmas Carol‘ and give as little as possible away. If you want to progress beyond the level you are at now, acting like a miser is not going to make it happen. Instead, learn to act in the immensely generous way that Scrooge acted at the end of the story. When you do that, you will find yourself increasing more and more, poverty & lack will become a thing of the past and as 2 Corinthians 9:8 in the God’s Word Translation says, “Then, when you always have everything you need, you can do more and more good things”.
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