The Dead Sea is an interesting place. Its water is so dense due to all the mineral content that anyone can stay afloat in it. Apparently you can even sit in it while reading a newspaper. But here’s the catch – while it’s an interesting natural phenomenon and fascinating to study, the water is undrinkable, polluted, and rotten. The reason for that being that even though it’s fed by the Jordan River, the Dead Sea has no outlet and all the fresh water flowing into it becomes stagnant. This idea has interesting implications for our lives as well.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever been near stagnant water that’s been standing for a while, but it tends to reek! It’s hard to be around for a long time. When we live selfishly, always receiving, always taking but never giving, we also become stagnant and rotten. Ultimately, our lives start to stink also.Over the last decade and a half, as a spiritual teacher I’ve been sharing about living life abundantly on so many occasions — what it means, many ideas and spiritual principles that will transform your life if you put them into practice and allow God to bring you into a new season etc. — but this is probably one of the most powerful ones:
If you want to live your best life now and experience true abundance, you must learn to allow the good gifts in your life to flow through you to others.
In essence, what this means is to stop hoarding what God has given you and start sharing it with others.
Start giving away and giving forth your time, your energy, your friendships, your love, and your resources.
We were never made to become hoarders but blessings unto others. You must keep your river flowing because that’s the way to truly experience and have abundance in life and be truly happy. Not when you chase and store.
Now, maybe there’s some area of your life that needs a breakthrough and you’ve been praying about it and working on it etc. And perhaps you’ve not experienced or received what you’ve been hoping for. If that’s the case you have one of two choices right now:
One, you can get frustrated (perhaps even angry) and by doing so close yourself off for anything good to flow into your life. You might think that feeling frustrated helps, but the truth is, it doesn’t. That’s one option.
Two, you can use this time to become open and aware of what’s truly going on in and around your life. Also, take whatever you’re lacking in any area of your life right now, and find a way to give that first. I know how that sounds and can hear your saying, “but how do I give what I don’t have?”
But here’s the thing, you do have something to give. And until you allow good things to freely flow THROUGH your life, they cannot flow freely INTO your life.So if you want to get well, sow a seed by helping somebody else get well. If you want to be happy, help somebody else enjoy a little happiness. If you’re having financial difficulty, give some money to someone in need, or the poor, or sow a little extra in the church offering. This act will free you. It will also return to you. We must plant if we are to reap.
Also, when you have a problem or challenge, don’t concentrate on your need, think about what kind of seed you can sow to get you out of that problem.
For example, if you believe for your business to be blessed, help somebody else’s business to grow, or if you believe for your marriage to deepen, help someone else with theirs, or if you want to heal emotionally, help someone else heal emotionally. Sow a special seed that relates to your specific need.
So here’s a powerful and important question today: What seeds are you planting in life?Jesus taught us a powerful principle in Luke 6:38:
“Give, and you will receive. 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.”
Are you sowing any seeds of kindness? Are you keeping God first in your finances? Are you living to give, or are you living to get?
Before I close just a final thought here – I’m NOT saying you have to “pay” God to meet your needs, but I am saying God sees your gifts.
If you want to live your best life now and experience abundance in your life, don’t hoard what God has given you, but let your river flow and learn to sow your good gifts in faith and with joy.
“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” ~Job 1:21
We are nearing the time of Easter.
It’s a time when followers of Jesus all around the world celebrate His Via Dolorosa and ultimately great gift. God wanted us to have the ultimate gift – life – and so He gave the ultimate thing – His life.
This is the ultimate expression of the spiritual principle of giving I’ve shared here today.
God’s gift is the proof that there is no true receiving without giving. May you too express true giving this Easter to friend and stranger alike.
May light and peace fill your life.