Are you supportive of others in your life, or do you take a selfish approach to getting ahead in life? In order to get ahead, sometimes you have to put others ahead of yourself. You have to give unto others and extend a helping hand.
One of my all time favorite scriptures, Luke 6:38 tells us “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Now be mindful that, although you want to get ahead in life, you don’t want to give selfishly and only with the intention of what is coming back to you. The bible tells us that it is wrong to give grudgingly and with the intent to be seen.
We know this because Jesus says in Matthew 6:1-4, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen of them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
Although the scripture clearly tells us that when we give it will be given back unto us, our attitude should not be focused on what is coming back to us but it should be such that when we give, we are giving to benefit and build others up.
Remember, Matthew 25:40 tells us: “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Jesus rewards us when we have a passion and a heart to give. Our true reward comes when we give lovingly and unselfishly.
I encourage you, my friend, to look deep inside and evaluate your true intentions when it comes to giving. The next opportunity you have to give, do so unselfishly and un-grudgingly. I do believe that this is the best approach when it comes to giving and the Lord will reward you greatly.