Prov.11:24,25 – TPT – Generosity brings prosperity, but withholding from charity brings poverty. Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.
This verse reminds me of the life described in the early days of the New Testament church. It appears that their lives were consumed with ministering to hurting people. There was the man who had been lame all his life in the temple who was healed, then there was Dorcas who was raised from the dead, and also the obvious culture of the church ministering to the poor in the book of Acts. In Acts Luke described the results of their way of life, “great measures of grace rested upon them all”. I love those two phrases, “saturated with favor” and “great measures of grace rested upon them all”. The thing we all want to know is this, how can I live that kind of life now? Jesus said it very simply, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you”. In other words find hurting people that the Lord brings into your path and help them. Partner with your local church which should exist to bless their community. It is not complicated. Before you know it you too will experience the saturating blessing of the Lord. Here is how the Fire Bible describes it.
“God promises that those who are generous will receive back more than they give. He blesses those who are kind and generous, whether it be with money, things, abilities, time or acts of compassion. The NT teaches that we are stewards (i.e., caretakers, managers) of God’s gifts and must use them to promote his cause and to benefit those in need. Of course, the greatest need people have is to hear and receive Christ’s message of forgiveness and new life. We should be willing to give to ministry and missions efforts that are aimed at spreading this message to others—in our own communities and around the world.”
The Lord met the early church supernaturally in every way. Ministering to the poor and looking to the Lord is the sure way to being a blessing. How can you minister to the poor? You can volunteer at our food bank, become involved in the ministry of Mary’s Song, join together with our outreach to the homeless, get involved with street evangelism in the French Quarter, or just open a small group and minister to hurting people in the church. Before you know it you will be saturated with favor.