This morning I want to share with you something that I have learned over the last 33 years of being a Christian that truly separates those that are successful from those that are not. It has to do with whether or not you have a giving and generous spirit or what I call a miserly spirit. Now I am really not talking about money. What I am talking about is what Jesus was talking about when He made this statement.
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Now all of us have received great abundance and blessings from God. Not all of those things are material things, but all of them are things that have helped us rise up from the ashes of where we were and set us on a path that is so much better than the one we were on. Some of us have been healed, all of us have been cleansed, we were born again from the dead, and we came out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of His dear Son. So here is the principle. Since we have been given such abundance from God freely without charge, we are to be givers to others as well.
The principle of remembering what we have been given.
Part of the problem when I was living with an attitude of a miser was that I had forgotten how much God had already blessed me. I was living with an eye on what I had, not what I had been given. If I look at what I have, then I want to protect and hoard. This makes me a miser. It makes me stingy and not a blessing. However when I look upon what the Lord has given me then my heart reacts with an attitude of gratitude and I pour into other people with the same abundance and abandon that God has poured into me.
So if you are struggling with trying to protect what you have and hoard it, change your focus. No longer have your eyes on what you have, but instead have your eyes on what God has freely given you. In the end, it is all His anyways.
The principle of generosity.
There are 2 types of people in this world. I like to call them river people and Dead Sea people. As you may know, the Dead Sea is a lifeless body of water. Nothing lives in it, thus the name Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has rivers and streams flowing into it, but it doesn’t have anything flowing out of it. These are the people who do not give but only receive.
However there are no rivers that do not have life in them. Rivers have rivers and streams flowing into them but they also give out as much as they receive in. This is the principle that Jesus was talking about. This is why He told us not only to receive but to give as well. When we give, we keep life living in our waters.
No matter where you are in life. No matter if you are a small babbling brook or a mighty raging river, the principle of freely giving will cause abundance to flow in your life. God entrusts His greatest riches to those that will not take ownership of them and try to hoard them but instead gives them away.
What will you be? A giver or a hoarder?
Again I am not talking about money. I am talking about all the riches that God has given you. Money is the least of those riches. Zig Ziglar who recently passed on to be with Jesus had an awesome quote about this. He said…
You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough people get what they want.
I have absolutely found this to be true. When I started back in ministry and especially with my website Taber's Truths and Christian Faithbook which I just started, I made it my goal not to try to build anything for myself, but instead give everything I had to helping others build what they wanted in their life. That is why there is a whole section on this website devoted to helping other Christian bloggers be successful. That is why I gave away links to other Christian websites for Christmas so some of the readers at Taber's Truths would go to their website. It is why I didn’t go to the people of my church and say, let’s build a great ministry. I went to them and said, what ministry does God want to build in your life?
Because of this, God has blessed me time and time again. He would never have given me a Facebook fan page of over 50,000 people if I had been a hoarder and a miser. When you set out to just be a blessing to others, that is when you are blessed and you keep receiving more than you ever are able to give out.
So what are you going to be, a Dead Sea person or a River person?
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