Give to Get
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways —Isaiah 64:5 (ESV).
Let us not fail to learn the secret of receiving much from Christ—even the free dispensing abroad of what we have already received. Be assured of this, that he will receive the most from God who does the most for God: “The diligent soul shall be made fat. He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich. There is that scatters, and yet increases.” This is God’s law, and he will never repeal it; his promise, and he will ever and in all cases make it good....Oh, to have the word of God dwelling in us so richly, and our hearts so intensely glowing with the love of Christ, as to be ever ready, to open our lips for God—a well always full and running over.
This, then, is the secret of augmenting our stores, even by scattering them—of replenishing our resources, even by exhausting them. Who, we repeat the question, has ever become impoverished by giving and laboring for God? Where lives the Christian steward whose fidelity to his Master’s interest has compromised the welfare of his own? Where is the Christian man who, with cheerful munificence, has consecrated his intellectual wealth or his temporal wealth to advance the truth and kingdom of Jesus, whom Christ has not reimbursed a thousand-fold? Where is the believer in Jesus who has endured reproach and suffering, patiently and silently, for conscience’ sake, for truth’s sake, for Christ’s sake, who has not infinitely gained in the rest which he has found in God? Where is the active Christian, who, zealously laboring to dispense abroad the life-giving waters, has not felt, in the solemn retirement and calm repose of his closet, when pouring out his sorrow into the bosom of his Savior, or in holding close and holy communion with his God, the springing up into his soul of a hidden well of peace, and joy, and love, which has more than restored the energies he has exhausted, and recompensed him for the sacrifice which he has made? God meets his people in all their works of faith and labors of love. They are never alone. He meets them in the path of duty and of trial—both in doing and in suffering his will. He meets them, when embarrassed, with counsel; He meets them, when assailed, with protection; He meets them, when exhausted, with strength; He meets them, when faint, with cordials. If we take up Christ’s cross upon our shoulder, Christ will take both us and our cross up in his arms. If we bow down our neck to his yoke, and bend low our back to his burden, we shall find our rest in both.
About the author and the source
Octavius Winslow (1808–1878) was an ardent evangelical preacher who served in the United States and in Great Britain. In addition to many books that emphasized the life and work of Christ, he wrote morning and evening devotionals.
Octavius Winslow. Morning Thoughts. 1856.