“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than receive.”
God promised the Old Testament patriarch Abraham, "I will bless you with abundant increase of favors and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12:2). We often read such promises, and say, "All right, God! come on; pour out Your blessings on me!" But notice, there's a catch, We must do something; better yet, we must be something. God is implying that we will not be blessed simply so we can live lavishly or self-indulgently. We will be blessed to be a blessing. That plainly states that when we give we receive in many ways. And those blessings don't necessarily mean for our pockets. We will receive from God in the same measure we give to others.
God will not fill a closed fist with good things. God is a giver, and you are never more like God than when you give. In the same manner, God gives back to us with the same items we give to others. Therefore, you must be faithful in the little you give right now before God will bless you with more.
Many do not realize that giving is a spiritual principle. Whatever you give will be given back to you. If you give a smile, you will receive more smiles from others. If you give money, when someone is in need, God will make sure that other people give back to you generously. It's quite interesting. What you do for others will be returned to you tenfold.
The Bible says, "When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord" (Proverbs 19:17). You may be thinking, "Well, I give other things instead, I just don't have the money."
Now that's where you miss it. You have to start right where you are. You must be faithful with what you have, then God will trust you with more. You may not have a lot extra money to give, but you can buy somebody's dinner once in a while. You can give $1, $5, or $10 to a worthy cause.
Ever notice that those who HAVE money want to give back? And those who DON'T have money never want to give a dime? It seems we keep our selves locked in our own dungeons of doubt not trusting the Lord.
Try the Lord's principal. Give a few bucks to someone in need and just sit back and wait to see what happens.
Now is the time to develop an attitude of giving. The closest thing to the heart of our God is helping his hurting people. God loves when we sing and pray for others. He loves us more when we give from our hearts. Nothing pleases God more than when we take care of one of his children. Jesus said, "If you even give so much as a cup of water to somebody in need, I see it and I'm going to reward you" (Matthew 10:42) He said, "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40)
John Bunyan, author of the classic book The Pilgrim's Progress, said, "You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot pay you back." Make a decision that today you will be on the lookout for somebody you can bless.