We live in a world of make-believe; where everyone wants you to believe different things. A world where those who have never been taught want you to believe they are learned; where those who have never followed, want you to believe that they can lead; where those who have never been prudent with their personal finances want you to believe that they can keep your money; where those who are having tough times in their marriages want your marriage to be better; where those who are liars want you to believe their promises and manifestos. However, no man can ever give beyond what he or she has received.
For I DELIVERED to you first of all that which I also RECEIVED;…
1 Corinthians 15:3
In reality, we give to the proportion that we have received:
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bossom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Although, that Scripture is often used to collect offerings in most local churches; the truth in it is deep. “What you give…you receive….Whatever you have received…. You give” Therefore, you are not expected give (time, life, effort, knowledge, information) until you have received one. You are not expected: to serve, until you have been served; to lead, until you have been led; to forgive, until you have been forgiven; to teach, until you have been taught.
The whole world is in danger, when those who have not learned to follow, are given the power or right to lead. In the same vein, everything you do, must be a product of your life experiences. From the wealth (or well) of your life experiences (testimonies), preach, teach, coach, lead, father, mother, relate and serve: For each time you do anything that you have not experienced (either secretly or openly); you are living in denial. Your best works are and must be built on your surest life testimonies or experiences.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4