The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
— Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
Prosperity is not a state of finance. It is a fullness of God that comes when nothing is retained—when you are free to give yourself away. Out of your very being, living water will flow—unstoppable and healing. Joy comes from refreshing others out of the abundance of His grace that you have received.
“Give, and you will receive,” Jesus said. “Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38, NLT). Giving is God’s gift to you. When you have a spirit that holds nothing back, you receive more than you can ever imagine. You give out of a heart that is free from restriction that self inflicts. It is when you give without thought of what He has promised, you receive the joyful freedom of His fullness. When you give freely, you receive freely. You are a river of His love.
“Anyone who believes in me,” Jesus said, “may come and drink! Rivers of living water will flow from his heart” (John 7:38, NLT). In “Utmost for His Highest”, Oswald Chambers had a thought about this verse. A river might begin as a spring and flow to places that spring knows nothing about. If a person takes God into his life, out of his very being, God will flow. A person actually becomes that river, but has nothing to do with the route or power of the stream.
Do you know a river is constant? It can flow steadily for a while, and then might come to some object in its way. For a little while it is might be held back, but that river soon discovers a way around what has stopped it. Then it flows freely once more again, reaching and touching areas beyond the limits of its source.
Are you free to give your heart? Are you free to share? Does His love flow in your life with no restraint? Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. It is in giving yourself away that you understand the power of His grace.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher