The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. – (Proverbs 11:25, NLT)
Give freely, and you will profit. Help others, and you will gain more for yourself. – (Proverbs 11:25, ERV)
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. – (Proverbs 11:25, MSG)
The kingdom of God does not operate according to the rules of man. In our own limited understanding, living a life of generosity and helpfulness is almost counter-intuitive. If one is trying to get ahead, giving one’s time, resources and energy does not necessarily make sense. However, in God’s economy, this is the very way things work. The last shall be first. We gain life when we give ourselves away. He blesses as we bless others. When our motivation is otherly, we somehow end up being blessed in the process. God does something remarkable when we take our attention off of ourselves and focus on those around us. Somehow, whatever seemed to weigh us down, no longer holds as much significance when we choose to be generous with others. Often seeing those we were able to walk beside flourish, is the very blessing our heart needed most. May we choose to give freely and help others in this sacred season, as the Lord refreshes us as we honor Him.
Let us give freely,
Choose to help and bless;
For through our giving,
His peace we possess.
The God of all grace,
Refreshes our hearts;
As we bless others,
His life He imparts.
May love lead the way,
So all might see God,
And come to believe.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your ways are far above our ways. Thank You that when we give of ourselves, You meet us and refresh us and never leave us depleted. Thank You that You call us to live generously, as You are overwhelmingly generous with us. Forgive us for not giving freely of our time, resources or ourselves as You call us to do. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would rise up and help where we see need that You have given us wisdom, resources or grace to meet. Show us how to love those around us as You would love, so that Your light and life would be abundantly clear through us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give, help and love others as You have done for us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19