He that watereth shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:25
Here we are taught a 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.
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 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 dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief. We find in attempting to teach others that we gain instruction for ourselves.
Watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it. Our own comfort is increased by our working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Give then, and it shall be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, and running over.
(a paraphrased version of an original writing of Charles Spurgeon)