25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. — Proverbs 11:25 NLT
Proverbs 11:25-31 NLT From the Old Testament to the New Testament, we are encouraged (if not commanded) to help those around us who are in need. In the Old Testament, the harvesters of the crops were to leave any of the grain that was dropped for the poor and needy. They were also instructed not to glean the corners of the fields. They were also supposed to leave clusters of the fruit on the vine for the poor to pick. In the New Testament, Jesus tells us that those who help the poor and needy, visit the sick and in prison in His Name will be blessed. If a needy person comes to our door and asks for food and we have food in the house, we are never to send that person away hungry. Whatever we give up for Jesus and the sake of the Gospel brings hundred-fold blessing here on earth and eternal life in the age to come. It is truly the win-win situation of all times. Mark 10:29,30 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
It is important for us to remember that everything we have here on earth is a gift from God. It doesn’t matter who signs the paycheck, God is ultimately our resource. We are to be good stewards of all of the resources God gives us. This includes our time as well as our finances. Just as He has the authority to raise up leaders and put people in positions of authority, He can raise us up financially or He can bring us down if we trust only in our finances. Any gift that God gives to us is to be used not just for our benefit, but for the benefit of those He puts in our paths each day. The ultimate use of the resources God has put under our authority is to expand the Kingdom of God. It isn’t that God “needs” us or our finances, He has chosen to use us in His work. That requires us to be obedient to His precepts. Unless you are using more than 10% of your time and money for God, you haven’t started giving yet. Give generously and cheerfully and be prepared for a great blessing from the Lord.
38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. – Luke 6:38 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous