The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself – Proverbs 11:25
The promise is made to the liberal soul — the one who is liberal in giving not only material things but giving of his time, his love, his ministry to others. In our human nature we tend to be selfish, consumed with our own interests, pursuing our own plans. But the previous verse tells us that spirit leads to poverty.
In contrast, the one who by grace loves his neighbor, considers others, and looks for opportunities to minister to them is the one who is made “fat.” God has promised that the one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. It is a principle that Paul tells us concerns our giving but it reaches into every avenue of Christian service.
No one is more impoverished than the covetous man who finds no joy in giving or the person who is so caught up in her own plans that she has no time to pray for or minister to others. But when one is giving liberally of his money, his time, and himself, he is then watered with great joy in serving God.
Just as an individual with a giving spirit is enjoying showers from on high, it is equally true of a church that possesses that generous spirit. There is a joy that prevails within the body of Christ as joyful givers give and others are blessed by their giving. A church with a giving spirit is a church which is honoring Jesus Christ as it faithfully ministers to those in need.
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