'Some people give much but get back even more...' Proverbs 11:24 NCV
A church leader once stood before his church when speaking on giving. He told the church 'Each month I go through the accounts and see what everyone gives. If anyone gives more than me, I increase what I give.' Generosity is a wonderful thing. This leader's commitment to make sure he gave the most was good, but did he really need to announce it?
Jesus teaches us loads about generosity. We learn from him that generosity is great because it: (1) Turns our focus outward. When we're focussed on helping others we forget to be selfish! (2) Blesses other people. When we are generous, others benefit. (3) Helps us - the giver. Ever given generously to someone who really needed it, even if you had none left for yourself? It feels great.
Someone once said 'You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you've done something for someone who'll never be able to repay you.' That's why Solomon wrote, 'Some people give much but get back even more...' (Proverbs 11:24 NCV).
So what now? Do you want to be blessed? Become more generous! If you're worried about your motives and don't want pride to get in, simply keep it quiet! Do others need to know how much you give and to what? Not at all. If you really want everyone to know what you did for someone you seriously need to consider why you gave. God sees everything you do and everything you sacrifice, and you will be rewarded.
Soulfood: Jer 1-3, Luke 19:28-40, Ps 55:12-23, Prov 8:19-21