The Return On Giving

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

A drowning man gestured frantically to a man standing on the edge of a swimming pool. Splashing his way until he was within arm’s reach of the side of the pool, the drowning man hollered, “Here, let me give you my hand.” The man reached helping handdown into the water, took the outstretched hand, and pulled the distressed man to safety. Afterward the lifesaver told the man he had rescued, “I find it unusual that you said ‘Let me give you my hand,’ rather than asking me to give you my hand.” The rescued man replied, ” I work for a charitable organization, sir. I’ve discovered that people are always more willing to receive than they are to give.”

While the tendency of our human nature may be to receive more than to give, the Gospel tells us giving is actually the most productive way to receive. Whatever we extend to others, give to ohers, or do for others comes back to us multiplied. This principle has been recognized by the business community. Donald David has said:

“You never get promoted when no one else knows your current job. The best basis for being advanced is to organize yourself out of every job you’re put in. Most people are advanced because they’re pushed up from people underneath them rather than pulled by the top.

Find ways to give to those around you today. Especially to those who may be in subordinate positions. Freely share information with them and be generous in your praise and encouragement. Give advice on how to do specific tasks more quickly, more efficiently, or with greater quality. You will find that the more you do to help others in their work, the easier your workload will become. 

Watch this video for a slightly different take on Giving to the Lord.

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