Prov.11:24,25 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
This passage of scripture describes the supernatural life of a Christian involved in the life of ministry. For the natural man, he is too self absorbed to consider the needs of others. For someone who has tasted the love of God for themselves, they have discovered the age old truth, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The value of our life does not consist in the things we have stored up for ourselves, we have discovered another value system, the value of our life is found in the pouring out of our life. As Jesus said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
A.B. Simpson spoke about this truth, have a look at his words.
“If I carefully consider others, God will consider me, and in some way or other He will recompense me. Let me consider the poor, and the Lord will consider me. Let me look after little children, and the Lord will treat me as His child. Let me feed His flock, and he will feed me. Let me water His garden, and He will make a watered garden of my soul. This is the Lord’s own promise; be it mine to fulfill the condition and then to expect its fulfillment.
I may care about myself until I grow morbid; I may watch over my own feelings till I feel nothing; and I may lament my own weakness until I grow almost too weak to lament. It will be far more profitable for me to become unselfish and out of love to my Lord Jesus begin to care for the souls of those around me. My tank is getting very low; no fresh rain comes to fill it; what shall I do? I will pull the plug and let its contents run out to water the withering plants around me. What do I see? My cistern seems to fill as it flows. a secret spring is at work. While all is stagnant, the fresh spring was sealed; but as my stock flows out to water others the Lord thinks upon me. ”
Many times we want to wait until we fix ourselves before we become involved in ministry. If you wait for that day, it may never come. The strange truth about ministry is that the way out of our mess is often in the pouring out of ourselves on others. Jesus spoke about this in John 7, He said “if any one is thirsty, let them come to me and drink, out of your innermost being will begin to flow rivers of living water”. If you are in trouble, find a place to serve. Join the prison ministry or maybe the homeless outreach. Maybe you can serve on the hospital ministry team or even in the children or youth ministry. Whatever you do, find a place to serve, that is where your healing will begin.