Proverbs 11: 24-25: One gives freely yet, grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
These two verses deal with the blessings of generosity and the curse of selfishness. The paradox does not refer to simple financial dealings. But, rather in God’s economy the benevolent prosper more and more because kindness begets kindness. The idea present is that you receive back according to your behavior.
Jesus taught something similar when He said the greatest of you shall be the servant. (Matthew 23:11). People who go out of their way to serve others have a greater impact on others.
Help us take this lesson to heart. Give us opportunities to be generous not only with our resources, but with our time. Forgive us when we are selfish and put our own wants and desires ahead of the needs of other.
And, Lord, we know the greatest need of all men is a reconciled relationship with You. Provide us opportunities to share the hope of the gospel, so that others may be saved.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.