Proverbs 11:24 – 26 – ‘One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.’
The bible is full of statements or directions that seem backwards in this world. Who ever heard of giving freely to gain more? Those familiar with God’s word should have! Many times over.
We live in a selfish world where we want to hold onto what we have. We want more. We hoard things, rather than share. And yet, can you think of a person in your life that freely gives to you? Perhaps they give freely of their time, their knowledge, their skills or even finances. If they come to you in need, are you more likely to help them?
I know I am more inclined to help people who are endlessly generous to others – myself included. I am tired by the idea of assisting someone who seems to constantly want or need my time, finances and help in other forms. I know it is important to help people whenever they ask, but in my human nature I am more inclined to help those who help others.
As wealthy Christians, we are prosperous. It says in Proverbs that the man (person) who is generous, will prosper. As we give out of our wealth, we will gain even more! Why? Because God says so and because it makes sense that if we are to give, he will get more to us to give to others. Consider the idea of giving freely to gain more.
Don’t hold on to your riches – use them for good; use them for God’s kingdom.
Financial tip – look out for sales and prepare for them; save up for and buy in bulk during sales so that you’re saving money on items you regularly use.