” And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa
1) One good turn deserves another
To me this is the same as “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets,” Matt 7:12. Notice that this is basically the third greatest commandment. When you treat others the same way you want them treat you, a chain-reaction of positive energy just flows! A practical way to do this is to give yourself to others by giving your time. Help in any small way you can because, even if you don’t get a physical or immediate reward, the thought of helping someone is rewarding enough, especially if it’s accompanied by a “Thank you.”
2) Givers never lack
The one thing I love about giving is that it never has to be a material thing. I think that so many times we believe that whenever we hear the term “give” it automatically relates to a material thing. Unless it’s specifically for that cause such as a charity or supporting some organizations or websites, it doesn’t always mean that. I remember a time when my friend’s cousin visited us and my friend brought his bike over as well. We all spent some time together in the house and later his cousin wanted to try out the bike for fun. She was having a hard time getting on. I didn’t notice this until a few minutes later. I decided to go ahead and help her. To me this was a simple little thing, but to her it was a huge deal. She was so grateful that she even said, “I will never forget you.” You never lack the ability to give and your rewards are the proof of that.
3) Givers receive long-term rewards
I mean this in two ways, (a) the reward may not always come instantly or in the next few hours. It may be in the weeks or months to come and (b) your reward usually helps you in the long run, meaning that it’s always worth a lot more than what it took to get it. Even when it’s not much. I also mean that it’s something that will benefit you for a long time. Givers are never short-changed! The great thing about long-term rewards is that you can always guarantee a reward coming your way. Every time you give be expectant as often as possible!
4) Your reward is in heaven
This is a very significant point. Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” The key words here are “do not give up.” In my last point I mentioned that the rewards are long-term. It’s so easy to give so much of yourself and seem to get so little in return that you feel like it’s not worth it. Trust me. It always is! This is why Paul was so emphatic about this. He says in 2 Thess 3:13 “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” It’s the Lord who rewards you at the end of the day and because the reward is long-lasting as well, we must be diligent in giving and diligent in expecting our reward. Heb 11:6 talks about God rewarding those who diligently seek Him, and 2 John 3 says that we should remain diligent (in keeping His commandments as stated in Psalm 119:11) in order to receive a full reward.
5) Giving is a heart matter
What is your motive for giving? Is it because you’re supposed to? Is it because it’s a good thing to do? You get a good feeling perhaps? Let me challenge you with this question: are you giving to change your life or to impact someone else’s? Consider this: But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7). The principal fact to note about giving is that it is never about you. The sooner we understand that, the easier it is to recognize our rewards.
7) You can only give what you have
Even if you have little to give, give it. If that’s all you have then that’s all you give. After all, you can’t give what you don’t have. The amount you give doesn’t matter as much as the size of your heart you give. Think about the widow with the two mites (a fraction of a penny) in Mark 12:41-43.
A Final Word
I love these words: Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. ~Author Unknown. We can always make the most of our lives through lending a helping hand and worrying so little about everything else. The things listed in my wisdom for living life post gives great benefit in that regard.