Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What is Vitamin J?

A very significant scripture for me is found in Proverbs 11:25, “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”

So many people seem to live in fear. They fear losing their job, their health insurance, and their retirement benefits. No matter how much material wealth we may accumulate, it is never safe from being lost. Riches do not bring security, and neither can it be certain to bring joy!

The Bible says, “command those who are rich -- not to -- trust in uncertain riches but in the living God”. It is ironic, the more people accumulate, the more protective they become and have greater concern that it could all be swept away by events that are out of their control.

That is not how God intends for His children to live. He wants you to save and He wants you to sow. And when you have done all that wisdom demands, He wants you to trust in nothing but Him.

So, what is vitamin J? It is not God’s purpose for us to live in fear, but to live life full of Joy, and joy is received by blessing and being a refreshing fountain of water to others. A biblical principle that has always been the key to contentment and deep joy is that of giving to help others.

A verse from the old testament is one which shows us the formula for joy. “The people rejoiced -- for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord.” Not many of us associate joy with giving, even though we often quote Jesus words, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.

When Jesus said it was more blessed to give then to receive, He was speaking from His knowledge of how he created us– to be givers, like Him. God will always prosper you with this purpose: He wants you to bless someone else.

Start With What You Have
Vitamin J (joy) results from the practice of giving. You have to start from where you are with what you have. Just like everything else in your life of faith, God will guide you in the area of sharing your finances. When God speaks, obey Him. One step of obedience always opens up two doors: the door of supply and the door to serve. Gods best rewards are the doors of opportunities that He puts in your way.

God multiplies what we give Him, not what we hold on to. As we give what we have, God sees that we never lack. An example is the Widow of Zarephath who was so poor that she only had one last meal for herself and her son. The prophet Elijah came with a request that she make him something to eat. The woman took her last meal and oil to make him a cake. By giving what she had, God rewarded her by giving her an unending supply of meal and oil for one full year. God multiplies what we give him, not what we hold on to!