“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
Giving is the key to receiving. Jesus said, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) We cannot get around it. We will only receive liberally to the extent we are willing to pour out something we already have.
The first step to getting this principle in motion in our lives is overcoming the fear that if we give what we have away, we’ll be left with nothing and no prospects of getting anything in the future. It’s true – there can be times when we give and are left with nothing in our hand for the moment. But we have to get past the fear that a perceived lack in one moment of life means we’ll always be lacking. What we hold at any given moment is tricky anyway. If we hold onto it and hoard it, the best it can ever be for us is a subpar security blanket – for a time. The Word says this behavior will actually harm us (see Ecclesiastes 5:13). But when we generously give from what we have, a Kingdom principle kicks in and our potential to receive is activated.
In the Kingdom economy, a generous outflow of resource from our lives creates a suction that demands inflow into our lives. When we give we place a demand on the resources of Heaven. The Kingdom works on principle, and principles work if you work them. When we place a demand on the resources of Heaven, Heaven only knows to release its resources. We place a demand on these resources by giving generously in faith. We must believe that what God says is true – that when we give, we will receive.
So this is the challenge – to actually apprehend a revelation for how the Kingdom works when it comes to the flow of resources. Do you actually believe what Jesus said? Are you willing to step out on his Word and believe that giving out of what you have will actually create an unbreakable suction of resource from the Kingdom of Heaven into your world? Fear will keep you in the same position or worse. Stepping out in faith to believe in this principle of giving can propel you forward into prosperity. Like the Proverb says, the generous will prosper.