"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
Could prosperity be tied to our giving? One evening after dinner, we went out for ice cream cones. Everyone ordered something different, and our grandson, Matthew, ordered a “SUPERscoop.”
His cone was amazing. The employee must have packed the ice cream down inside the cone first, tamping and pressing it in as tightly as possible. Then he added more ice cream to the top, stacking scoops as high as he could — until it almost fell over.
His cone reminded me of Matthew 6:38. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” In those days, a salesman showed gratitude for a sale by pressing down, shaking, and piling up as much grain as possible into a customer’s basket.
Most people today try to have more by hoarding, but God says the way to have more is through giving. Give generously and God will see to it that others give generously back to you.
Pastor Gary A. Hyman, pastor of Mount Gideon Faith Fellowship Church in New Haven, CT, teaches that God wants believers to prosper so they can be a blessing to others.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for all the ways You meet my needs. But I am asking that You provide more than enough, so there will always be plenty to give. Bless the work of my hands (Deut. 28:8) and allow prosperity not only in my finances, but in every aspect of my life.
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