Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
"Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure" (Luke 6:38)
'Pouring into the lap' refers to a custom of some vendors to fill the fold of a purchaser's wide upper garment, which was bound with a girdle and made into a pouch for carrying items. Our own spontaneous generosity may result in our receiving a fine measure in return, perhaps when we are in need. (Ecclesiastes 11:2) Jehovah loves and rewards those who give cheerfully. He himself set the prime example, giving his only-begotten Son "in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Paul wrote: "He that sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:6, 7) Giving of our time, energy, and material resources to promote true worship is sure to bring us joy and rich rewards.—Proverbs 19:17; Luke 16:9.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 2:16, 17)