…Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
If you listen to the average person’s testimony, it is usually about what they received. We have the mindset that receiving is the greatest thing that can happen to us.
But It turns out that there is a greater empowerment of blessing that comes on our lives when we give, than when we receive.
In fact giving is a vital part of growing and even sustaining life. Try breathing in, but never breathing out. Try taking a salary but not working. Try eating without using the bathroom!
By releasing something, room is made for your increase, and the door is opened for your progress.
If you are feeling stuck at any particular level, check out your giving. You will rise to the level of your sacrifice in life and no further. When you stop giving you lose your capacity for more.
Many people achieve a level that they perceive to be comfortable, and then simply stop pushing for more. Whoever told you that everything that is in your hand was for your consumption alone? How will you be able to distribute to others if you are only operating with just enough for you?
This attitude will stop you from being maximized in who you can become in the purposes of God. It will affect your life in every arena.
For example you will make your million and switch to the world’s idea that you should protect what you have in case you lose it. Or you achieve peace in your home and stop reaching out to others because they are no longer necessary to support your emotional wellbeing. Or you rise up to become a manager at work, but become a blockage to others because you stop being resourceful and creative, but instead redirect your attention to maintaining your position.
The world’s mindset for achieving success is to hold on to every asset you get, and if you release it you will lose out. In fact this is the quickest way to kill your own potential. Every area of your life in which you are not giving anything, but you are receiving something, is actually dying. Giving allows your life to be replenished and refreshed.
Giving is about operating in an attitude of generosity in every way: with your time, your money, your ideas, your abilities, your love, your attention, your knowledge and your skills; in fact with every resource that you command.
Giving more will take your life to another level. It is the thing that triggers a greater harvest than you have seen before.
Your marriage may be good, but what would it be like if you were to give your whole self to your wife?
Your ministry may be bearing fruit, but what would happen if you loved those people God has given you to minister to with everything that is in you?
You may have good kids, but what could you impart to them if you spent time with them instead of simply buying them things to keep them happy?
You may be covering your bills, but what would happen if you started sowing financial seed like you used to when you were desperate for God to meet your needs?
Proverbs 11:25 tells us that the generous soul will be made rich. Let me ask you this: is everything you own close to you, or are you using your personal resources to have a positive impact on someone else?
It’s time to take care of someone else, and trust God to take care of you. It’s time to give so much at work that they call you the “Solutions Guy.” It’s time to pour so much into your family that your kids rise head and shoulders above their peers.
Of course I appreciate that it makes people mad to be challenged like this; but I encourage you to be teachable and to allow someone to stretch you – unless you are content to play in the Little League all your life. As for me, I am determined to make the Super Bowl!
Your life and results will increase and grow as you increase and grow. There is no mystery: your current results are an indicator of the person you have become so far. You will never see a significant harvest in your life as long as you stay in your comfort zone.
If you want to grow and see significant victories, don’t go running to someone for help as soon as you are in a tight spot. Find someone else that you can help, and you will be surprised at how quickly your miracle shows up.
Right now God is changing your season. He’s leading you out of every narrow place – narrow mindsets, narrow resources, shallow relationships, narrow friendships, narrow visions and narrow circles. He’s lifting you to higher ground. Accept THAT!!