One of my favourite “proverbs” from 2019 was “You can’t pour from an empty cup” which implies the need to take care of oneself; something I believe to be a necessity.
In 2020 however, I am looking at the status of my cup a little differently.
If I never empty my cup, God cannot keep pouring into it; I must pour into others in order to be filled.
By choice, not coercion.
2 Corinthians 9:7 GNT tells us, “You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.”
God appreciates anyone who chooses to give. He ensures that their cups are always full – the more they are emptied, the more He tops them up.
“And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 GNT
One thing to remember though is that your giving is between you and God.
We are told in Matthew 6:3 GNT, “But when you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will not know about it.”
Remember the motive behind giving – to extend the love of God to others; not to receive earthly accolades or honour.
Any glory that stems from our giving belongs to God. It is through His bountiful bestowments that we are able to bless others.
That being said, our giving does not go unnoticed.
“Then it will be a private matter. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:4 GNT
So what is the status of your cup today?
Are you fiercely protecting its brim, ensuring that nothing spills over?
Consider sharing instead of hoarding.
I guarantee that the experience won’t disappoint you.
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May God bless you!