"The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered." - Proverbs 11:25
So many times in the bible we see God turning the tables on how we are to live. We've all heard the phrase, "The last shall be first, and the first shall be last." But this principle is still shocking to us because it is so counterintuitive to our human nature. We are naturally inclined to hang onto what we have, especially if we have bills, credit card balances and a weak economy.
While reading this passage, I was reminded of a teaching by Erin Campbell back when I was in RMC. She said something along the lines of, "You can't outgive God, but it sure is fun to try!" I love this because it really is how I believe God wants us to live, and it all comes down to having a heavenly mindset.
Jesus states in Luke 6:38, "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure - pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." Is your standard of measure a heavenly one or an earthly one?
And this is not only about money. When you give, serve and love beyond yourself, Christ fills the gap. He says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." It's so amazing when you come to the place where you have nothing left to give and you truly see God working through you. I believe this is what Paul meant when he wrote, "For it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)." When we allow Christ to increase in us, we are able to live according to a heavenly mindset and give according to a standard of measure that is out of this world!
Other verses to consider: Malachi 3:10, Matthew 20:16, 2 Corinthians 12:9
"Lord, I thank you for all that you've given me and for providing for my family. I pray for a heavenly mindset today so that I can give according to your standard of measure. Give me the strength to give, serve and love more than I have today, and I trust you to fill me up again. To you be the glory. Amen."