“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
One of the best metaphors for living the abundant life of generosity is located in the heart of Israel. The Jordan River begins far in the north of Israel flowing from mountain streams into the Jordan Rift Valley. It gathers its water and flows into the Sea of Galilee on the north. At the South side of the Sea of Galilee the Jordan continues its long journey down through the desert and empties into the Dead Sea.
The same water flows into both seas, but the Sea of Galilee is vibrant and full of life while the Dead Sea cannot support life. It’s high salt levels inhibit growth and promote death, thus the name, the Dead Sea. The same water flows into both, yet one is alive and one is dead. What’s the difference?
The Sea of Galilee gives. The Sea of Galilee has an outlet flowing out of it allowing the fresh water to come in and fresh water to come out. The Dead Sea just keeps, and doesn’t have an outlet to give. The one that has an outlet to give, thrives. The one that just keeps, dies. Life can be found through generosity.