Learning Through Loss
Did you know that when you give you get?
Yup. That’s how it works.
In fact, the Bible says that (a) the one who GIVES is actually MORE BLESSED than the one who receives, and (b) that when you GIVE it will be given TO YOU – in such an abundant way that it’s like a cup “running over” for you!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of THAT!
Give and YOU get the bigger blessing! Give and you will actually get more in return!
Now, clearly, I’m not promising you that it will be kind for kind. In other words, just because you give money doesn’t mean you will get more money back. Hah. No. That’s not it.
But what I’m simply telling you is the plain truth that God’s Word says: you give you get a greater blessing than the recipient. You give, you get blessings back.
That’s something, isn’t it? And, I’d say, that’s one more key to wellness – giving to others.
I’ve had to learn that the hard way.
For years, I could only think way too much about ME. My pain. My issues. My struggles. My lack.
Then guess what?
Amidst my own problems, God started convicting me to give. Even when I was like “Um, wait a minute…I don’t even have much TO give! I’m sick, tired, underemployed, and financially struggling!”
But, guess what I learned?
You don’t have to have a lot to be generous. You can be generous with a LITTLE.
After all, remember that woman that gave “all she had” by just giving ONE COIN in the temple?
Mark 12:44 says that “…she, out of her poverty, put in everything…”
Hmm. That changes the game a bit, doesn’t it?
So…I don’t have to be wealthy to give?
Nope. In fact, there were wealthy folk right there where the woman was giving, but who put in more? The wealthy or this poor woman?
Jesus said the poor woman actually put in more!
Why, that sounds absurd! How could she put in MORE than the rich people?
Aha…it says it right in verse 44. She gave “all she owned” (NASB).
You can have less and give more.
Yes, you heard me right. You can have less and yet be giving MORE than those who have more.
And that is what God started to show me.
Lessons for Life
I started to give – out of my poverty. Maybe I didn’t have much strength left; I gave the little I had away.
Sometimes I felt sorely criticized and condemned for it. It was as if I could hear some people’s minds judging me with “you should have given more.” But they did not know. They had a lot. I had very little, so what I gave felt HUGE.
But who cares? God knows. God knows when you give generously to others for Him. He knows when it’s on the “all you own” level – when it’s a huge sacrifice to you, even if it doesn’t look like it to others.
I mean, really – think about those rich dudes looking on at the woman who gave one coin. I’m pretty sure they were probably snickering, and arrogantly patting themselves on the back with words like “Look at that. She only gives a coin. That’s not enough for God. But, look at me – look at much I put in. I put in many coins! That is so much better!”
Yet, who got the praise here? The wealthy ones or the poor woman with ONE coin?
The answer is right in the text. I don’t need to tell you.
So, today that is my challenge to you. Consider how you can give generously, sacrificially out of what you have. Do it for God, not for others. Let it be your gift to Him.
He sees after all. He knows.
Living It Out
Because this is on my heart a lot right now, I’m going to also give you the opportunity to give right now. If you want a way to be a blessing to someone in need, you can do so here. It’s a story about a woman I know who is in need. God put her on my heart to try to help her get a car to help her keep getting to work. If He so leads you, you are welcome to have the chance to be a blessing to her through giving.
Regardless of where or when you decide to give, it’s something we need to be doing and be doing with both cheerfulness and generosity!
So, start looking for ways you can give and give generously, remembering that it is not the AMOUNT but it’s what is sacrificial for you and your situation.
Enjoy giving and then reaping the intrinsic fruit that comes as a blessing in return!