One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24
Giving something away does not appear to be a way to gain more. Everyone is encouraged to save more and more in order to gain more. Giving everything away generously goes against the norms of this world.
Take a look at financial investments. If all a person does is give a little bit one time, the investment will not be very great. More than likely the person will lose in the end. However, if he gives generously into the investment, with time it will bring back a good profit.
God’s kingdom works on the same principle. God gave Jesus, who gave all that He had–His life–so that He could gain a lot more. God gave in order to gain His people back. He provided salvation to everyone who would accept it.
In life on this earth, everything that a person has, has been given to him. Nothing is just taken. All the things on this earth were provided for by God. God gave extremely generously to a people who did not want anything to do with Him.
Keeping this in mind, as a believer, you should realize that all that you have was given to you. Hold it loosely. Be willing to give it away to someone else who is in need of it. Use what God has given you to build His kingdom.
If you hold on to everything as the world does, you will lose everything as the world will. In the end everything on this earth will be destroyed. The only thing left will be the souls of the people. Those who have accepted the salvation Jesus provides will be given life for eternity. Those who have not accepted His salvation, will have all life taken away for eternity.
When you give freely everything you can to everyone who is in need, God will provide abundantly for your every need. You will gain more in the end. It may be physical things, but if nothing else you will have peace and life.
You will gain the knowledge that God used you to help someone else.
You will gain joy in knowing that you helped meet another person’s needs.
Don’t allow yourself to be put into true poverty by hoarding all that you have, give today.
I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom; that God will help you give generously as He has; and that you will trust God to meet all of your needs.