Prov. 11:24-25- "There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered." NASU
If I have 5 apples and I give one apple away I now have 4 apples. So how does that equate to an increase?
Yet, a spiritually-minded person reads this passage and understands it quite easily because they know God sees our liberality and He will bless our action of giving so that we will be blessed with an increase.
A person of little or no faith will not understand this concept. Yet, a person of faith understands it perfectly. This course of action to the person of faith makes perfect sense and is crystal clear.
There will be no contentment for the stingy person only a desire of wanting more. They are not able to be happy with what they have because of this deep longing down inside them that only wants more.
Seriously, wouldn't you want to have a little and be content with it, rather than have a lot of stuff and not be content with what you have?
I led a Christ’s Church of the Valley men's group to Rocky Point, Mexico to build 13 houses on my first trip.
The house dimensions are 11' x 22'. Yes, you read the dimensions correctly Eleven Feet wide x Twenty-Two Feet long. The stick-built, stucco house had one door, two windows, no running water or electricity. The people cried tears of joy when we gave them a Spanish Bible and the keys to their door at the end of the project.
Now most Americans who are reading this Pump Up are saying to themselves my garage is bigger than that and you would be correct.
Yet, this house will be the home for 4-6 people and sometimes more.
I made God a promise during that trip I would never complain about what I have. This was an eye-opener for me. Then I went on a mission trip to Peru and Africa and my eyes were opened even wider. I have more food in my cupboard than they would eat in a month.
Hopefully, you noticed I never mentioned money. Money is not the only way you can give. When I went to Mexico I gave leadership, direction, and time. I organized the trip. I made all the necessary arrangements, recruited others to help me, and I even took clothes for them.
Give things away that you are not using that would be a blessing to others and by all means, give your time to a lot of worthy projects.
You need to be one of the ones who scatter because in so doing you will be the one that prospers.
Think About These:
Generosity will always leave a more pleasant memory than stinginess.
He who gives only when he is asked has waited too long.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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