A Pastor once brought three men to the front of the church and said, “I am going on a trip and I am leaving my wife here under the provision and care of these three individuals. I am giving them each a certain amount of money and I am going to go. When I return, I will see how she was taken care of.”
When he returned he assessed how each of the men used the resources he gave them to care for his bride. The first man admitted to using none of the money on the her. He spent it all on himself. The second man said confessed that although he made sure her basic needs were met, he also purchased a truck with the money, and had nothing left. Finally, the last man disclosed that he used the majority of the money on the gentleman’s wife and saved the rest to give back to the man when he returned.
You see, one was so focused on what was in his hands he saw nothing else. One gave the bare minimum as if he was checking a box. One had the vision to see who was in front of him, understand the assignment of stewardship and what he was called to do.
How easy it is to be like the one who takes without giving or the person who checks the box but lacks the heart of the giver. Yet, you’ll never know the joy of giving until you live it as the third man did.
He sowed what he reaped.
He could’ve fell for the enemies lies.
Believing what he gave wouldn’t come back to him.
Believing what he was given was more valuable in his hands, than in others.
Believing that giving only takes away from what he has earned.
But instead he trusted in God.
He trusted that God would do more with what he released than what he held.
He trusted that God had called him to be open-handed with what he was given.
He trusted that what he was given was from God and belonged to God in the first place.
What you reap is what you’re given, what you sow is what you give.
What you reap, is a blessing from God.
What you sow, is a blessing through God.
And giving is what makes the world go round.
The more you sow, the more you reap.
The more you give, the more God trusts you with.
The more you reap, the more you have to sow.
The more God trusts you with, the more you have to give.
The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
Proverbs 11:24-26 MSG
We don’t just sow to reap, we reap to sow.
Let’s be givers more than we are takers.
Let’s be open-handed with the blessings we have been given from God.
Let’s trust and have faith in what He will do with the 90% when we are faithful with the 10%.
Because in the end, which of the three men would you have trusted with more?
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Don’t wait to be a giver, you can start today!
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