Money: When the Empty Cup Runneth Over

I know it’s not considered polite to talk about money. But I’m not entirely a stranger to the art of openly talking about social taboos, so today’s blog is about money.

I was talking last night to a friend about that amazing paradox that she and I and many others have experienced: that the more you give to God, the more you seem to have.

SAMSUNG TECHWIN DIGIMAX-340I’m not talking in some form of spiritual metaphorical jargon. I have actually personally experienced that sense of confusion on realizing that the numbers just don’t seem to add up. That there must be more money going out than coming in, and yet, somehow, my cup runneth over.

One of the best lessons that my parents taught me from a young age was to give first to the Lord. Not first when I think of it, or when I can afford it, or when I ‘feel led,’ but first every time. First when I can’t afford it. First when it means sacrifice.

I do not give in order to receive. I give as a reflection that God comes first in my life. And yet the amazing paradox is that somehow, the more I give, the more I seem to have. And I know it’s not just me.

 

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9 comments on “Money: When the Empty Cup Runneth Over

  1. I have tried to get in the habit of when I pay my bills once a week to write a check out for church first for the exact amount that I have decided on. It gives you a good feeling to do that, because you are trusting God for the rest. When Jesus wanted to feed the 5000 He asked, “How much do we have?” not, “Do we have enough.” He started to give them from what they had–five loaves and two fish–and trusted God that they would have enough. And they did–more than enough. thanks for this great reminder.

    • sarsrose says:

      Sounds like a great habit. Our pastor was just recently preaching on the feeding of the 5000.God asks for what we have, and then does abundantly more than we can imagine with it.
      Thanks for your comments as always. 😉

  2. sf says:

    It is an amazing paradox! Although I definitely don’t have a running over bank account, I too am an example of being able to continue to give, when I think I’m not able to “afford to”. Sacrificial giving truly is tough when you actually calculate it in your mind and go through that moment of doubt. But when you finally do give in faith, somehow the ability to keep giving (my needs kept getting met, whether at the last miraculous moment or blessedly before) continues. A wonderful post! Short, sweet, and oh so very important to give praise about!

    • sarsrose says:

      So true, and thank you. I was actually talking to my dad about it. A lot of it is about perception. It is possible to feel rich with very little, and to feel poor with a lot!

  3. D.G.Kaye says:

    Laws of the universe: when we give, we receive, nice share!

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