One way we receive more in life is by giving away more. This Kingdom principle may be hard for some believers to fully embrace. The concern is that if they keep giving to others they will lack enough for themselves. That mindset seems logical, but God does not want us to focus on holding on to everything we get.
In this regard, the Bible makes a profound statement: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24, NIV).
This biblical principle reveals an important truth about God. His reason for blessing us is not just to bless us. Rather, it is to the intent that He can use us as a vehicle to bless others. Based on the verse above, when we freely give a portion of what we receive from God, the net effect is that He blesses us to receive more.
Let me be quick to add that the verse above does not denounce saving and making wise investments. But it does speak against being overly self-serving. This idea goes against the grain of our culture. We live in a world where self-aggrandizement is idolized. Life is all about “me, myself, and I.” Such thinking is worlds apart from God’s way, however. In Him, we receive more by giving more of what we receive from Him.
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