For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
It is written: 'God loves a cheerful giver' (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV).
How does God show this love? By returning the favor--in abundance.
'Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return' (Luke 6:38, NASB).
Who are 'they?' The people God appoints to bless you.
Consider your Heavenly bank account:
'Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven' (Matthew 6:20, NASB). 'Laying up in store... a good foundation against the time to come' (1 Timothy 6:19, NKJV), 'That may abound to your account' (Philippians 4:17, NIV).
How do we make deposits? Offerings, alms, service, sacrifice and praise.*
When we give generously to others, God gives generously to us.
Jesus considers our gifts to others as given to Him: 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40, NKJV).**
We cannot know what God deposits in our account for every good act, word or gift we give. But when we need it, it comes back to us--in abundance.
Although we should not give only to receive, God's perfect justice always rewards. Consider Whom and what God gave to us.
Therefore, generosity is a success strategy.
## Success Strategies: Generosity (Part 28)
* Article on your Heavenly bank account: http://www.johnhamelministries.org/Perspective_27_bank_account.htm
** Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV): http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:31-40&version=NKJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.