“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)
Quick! Somebody tell me: Based on these verses – what does a person have to do to get rich????
Seriously. What is it? Look closely. . . It’s weird.
To grow ‘all the richer,’ the thing you don’t do is keep some for yourself. Nope.
I told you it’s weird.
According to these verses one ‘grows all the richer’ by giving freely. Yeah. . . Crazy.
Likewise, the one who ‘brings blessing’ is the one who is enriched. Not the one who receives the blessing, but the one who brings it. . . this is nuts.
And if that’s not bizarre enough, the one who waters is the one who gets watered.
So, wisdom says that in order to grow ‘all the richer’ and in order to be ‘enriched’ and in order to be refreshed (‘watered’), you have to . . . give. . . bring blessing . . . refresh others.
Is it odd to you that we (or at least I do) tend to gravitate towards the EXACT OPPOSITE of what God says will satisfy our hearts? I tend to think that growing ‘all the richer’ means getting more and more and more for . . . ME! I tend to think that getting blessed means I need someone to come across my path and bless ME! I tend to think that to be refreshed I need someone to give water to ME! God says it works the complete opposite from this. To get, you give. To be blessed, you bless. To be refreshed, refresh.
So, how are you doing at giving?
How often do you intentionally bless others?
Do you regularly schedule times to refresh people other than yourself?
Based on your responses, ask yourself this: “How enriched are you?”
I have a pretty good feeling that your ‘enriched level’ is in direct proportion to your giving level.
Am I right? Rather, doesn’t wisdom say it’s true?
Here’s your homework . . .
Fill in the blank: “It is More Blessed to __________ than to Receive.” Jesus
(Answer: Read Acts 20:35)