Be a source of great good to others.
Last week, I shared with you the importance of praising God, our source, after we receive our harvest. We should also be generous with what we’ve been given.
God never intends for us to receive our harvest and immediately turn inward, only focusing on ourselves.
“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you [abundantly], and make your name great (exalted, distinguished); and you shall be a blessing [a source of great good to others],” (Genesis 12:2 Amplified Bible).
Although God’s plan for our lives may not be to make us a great nation, we can still learn from God’s words to Abraham in these verses. God’s desire is to bless us abundantly with the purpose of our being a source of great good to others.
However, we don’t need to be short-sighted in what we consider to be a harvest. It’s not just money or material things. We receive our salvation from God by grace through faith. We receive all of our gifts and talents from God. Every good thing we have comes from our Heavenly Father. We are called to share all of these good things.
“Just as each one of you has received a special gift [a spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God], employ it in serving one another as [is appropriate for] good stewards of God’s multi-faceted grace [faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor],” (1 Peter 4:10 Amplified Bible).
This verse shows us that serving others is the greatest way to be generous with our gifts.
When we are good at encouraging people, we should find ways to lift people up every day.
If we’re natural teachers, we should find ways to teach people about God’s love and goodness.
This gives us the amazing opportunity to glorify God and bless others with what we’ve been given. That’s so much better than keeping everything to ourselves.
“In everything I showed you [by example] that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than to receive,’” (Acts 20:35 Amplified Bible).
This is the paradox of being generous: We actually end up with more when we give away what we have.
I want to encourage you to be generous with what God has given you. Whether it’s a specific talent, some of your time or money, find a way to bless someone. You will be more blessed than the person you’re serving.