Loving Others Brings Blessing
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
A couple of the things the Lord commands us to do are to love others and meet their needs. We cannot do those things without His help and provision. Much of what God gives His children is meant to be given to others.
I have occasionally had the thought that a Christian serving others is like a well-used garden hose. When a hose is used to water a garden, the water cleans the cobwebs, bugs, dust and dirt out of the garden hose too. An unused garden hose left out in the hot sun dries up and rots. The water is more concentrated and powerful in the hose than after it comes through. We always get more from God than we give to others. What we give to others blesses us more than what we keep.
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
This devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Proverbs 11:25: The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord*s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow*s tears, and soothe the orphan*s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So that watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other*s limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life. The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet*s wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.