Considering Proverbs 11:24

There is that scatterth, and yet increaseth: and there is that whitholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

The more we give, the greater the increase. The more we withhold for ourselves, the greater the poverty.

It might seem like keeping good things to ourselves will make us rich because giving away what we have will make us poor. This might be true for riches in this world, but it is not true when we are considering the things of God.

Any good thing that we receive from God should be shared with others, and when shared, there is increase. There is increase in those who receive what we share, and we are also increased now and in the Kingdom of Heaven to come.

This is a positive attribute of something Jesus said, “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you again.”

We must “let your light shine before man, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” We must invest our talent and not “bury it in the earth.”

Jesus shares everything with us, and both we and He are increased.  We all grow together in Christ and Jesus is glorified in us and the Father in Jesus. As God is glorified in us, we are blessed even more.

The blessings of God take many forms, and we each must use what we receive in Christ to build others up in Him. We cannot simply keep it to ourselves. In-fact, Jesus expressly instructs us not to on multiple occasions, as cited above.

Based on my personal experience, I don’t understand how we could keep the gifts we receive from God to ourselves if they are truly given by Him, because He causes us to increase and He stirs our hearts up to do the work He created us to do. We cannot resist because there is a persistent nagging in our conscience to give what we have received to others.  

It does not matter how simple or small the thing might seem to us or how much lack we perceive in ourselves as we seek to have our gifts perfected, we must do what we can in faith, knowing that it is the Spirit in us who does the work truly.

It’s hard to imagine someone burying their talent or hiding their light without repenting and doing as God would have them to do. God always makes His servants do what He created them to do, even when they don’t want to or are afraid. Like Jonah, for example. We cannot run from the calling we have if we truly have one.

Yet, these teachings are given so we should listen. His word goes out to stir our hearts up so that we can and will do His work. So, if we need to hear then He will cause us to. We will give and increase, and He will be glorified in us.

Those who are of this world and not of the Kingdom of God tend to spend their efforts investing in themselves and not others. Such a life is void of meaning and it leads to spiritual poverty. We see a lot of this in our culture. That’s the basic attitude my previous article addressed: “Its Hard Not to Let Them Consume You.”

People who are extremely self-absorbed not only destroy themselves, but they also destroy others. I wonder if this has something to do with the “bottomless pit.” Some people and some ideologies are never satisfied. They consume and consume. Destroy and destroy. Sucking all life out of others in attempts to live themselves, but they cannot truly live unless they repent of sin and turn to Jesus.

 Many do not, and “the beast” certainly will not. They cannot turn to God because they consider themselves to be gods. They consider their ways to be above His ways. They are “above all that is called God and all that is worshipped.” They judge and condemn the ways of God and those who keep them and Him. It’s Satanic.

If we remain in the faith of Jesus, He will provide us with everything we need to stand fast despite living among those who only use others up because He has more than enough to supply our needs. At least in Spirit. They might kill us bodily eventually, but He keeps us and He will breathe the Spirit of Life into us again. We will increase. They will see the greatest poverty: everlasting destruction.

PREVIOUS STUDY: Considering Proverbs 11:23 – “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

The purpose of this bible study in The Proverbs is to consider present-day events in terms of the teachings and wisdom of Jesus ChristFollow in WordPress or subscribe by email (red button at the bottom of each page below the comments) if you would like to join this discussion and receive updates of future postsVisit the link above for easy access to all posts within this series.

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