October 31, 2013
Recently I wrote an article titled “Giving Does Not Cost“. I want to expand the thought a little further today.
One of the wisest men ever wrote these words:
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
This contradictory principle is embedded in the very nature of things. That is how our Creator designed it. Most of us do not grasp it. Instead, we tend to grasp ‘our’ possessions.
It seems to go against logic that we will prosper by giving. How can you be ahead by reducing your store of things. How can you be ahead by giving out hours of time? How can you increase by opening up the outflow?
It has something to do with being a channel. It has something to do with circulation. If blood and lymph are not free-flowing in some part of my body, ill health is in my future.
It has something to do with gratitude. When you know the grace you have received, you have freedom to extend grace. When you know you have more than you deserve, you will understand what joy giving brings.
It has something to do with trust. Is the character of God good or not? He says things that contradict our understandings. He says things that defy our logic. Our logic says to keep from losing I have to gain more and keep most of what I gain.
God says generous people are enriched and receive gain. To go against our natural logic and inclination means we have to trust what He says. Another aspect of trust is people’s trust in me. A generous person will be known as such. A stingy person will be known as such. Who will bless a stingy person?
If a person is a willing giver, he will be approachable and open. People respond to that.
Do you want to be enriched? Loosen your grasp.
What examples of generosity have you seen that resulted in the giver being blessed?
What examples of hoarding have you seen that resulted in hurt to the hoarder?