Water and Be Watered

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)

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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