The Kingdom of God works very differently than the kingdom of this world; it operates on very different principles. One of the principles of God's Kingdom that I have been learning about lately is this: To him who has, more will be given.
In Matthew 13:12, Jesus tells us: “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” He repeats almost the exact same thing in Matthew 25:29.
Over and over throughout the Bible, you see this shocking principle carried out. The blessed become more blessed. To him who has, more is given.
“To him who has, more will be given” is the opposite of how the world thinks. Why does God work this way?
In order to understand this principle and see it operate in our lives, we have to understand the importance God places on blessing and thanksgiving. Romans 1:21 says:
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
An ungrateful heart is offensive to God. God is so good to us, and He deserves to be thanked. Thanksgiving is so important to God that He has made it part of how we approach Him. Psalm 100:4 says:
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
Whatever you thank God for will increase in your life.
Similarly, whatever you bless will increase in your life. When Jesus fed the five thousand (Mark 6) and then the four thousand (Mark 8) with only a few small loaves and fishes, both times you see Him bless the loves and the fish before He handed them to the disciples. When He blessed the food, it increased in His hands. This is a powerful Kingdom principle.
So what does this have to do with the fact that to him who has, more will be given?
It's all about mindset.
Whenever you thank God for something, you are acknowledging to yourself and to Him that you have that thing.
Whenever you bless something, you are acknowledging to yourself and to God that you have that thing also.
And when you become aware that you have that thing, and give glory to God for it, God will increase it in your life.
It's simple. To him who has, more will be given.
In daily life, it looks like this:
- Thank God for providing for your material needs, and you will see His provision increased.
- Bless Him and thank Him for moving on your behalf, and He'll do even more for you.
- Thank Him for always being with you, and you will sense His presence with you even more.
To him who has, more will be given.
Here's the word of warning, though:
The second part of our key verse says that, from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
It's evident that, in order to have something taken away, you must have something in the first place. So this verse doesn't describe someone who actually has nothing. Instead, it describes someone who does not think they have anything; someone who does not acknowledge what they have.
Someone who knows God, but does not glorify Him as God, and is not thankful.
God tells us in Romans 1:21 (above) that unthankful people become futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts are darkened.
Whoa. That will make you stop in your tracks. The Word of God is telling us:
If you don't acknowledge what you have and thank God for it, even what you do have will be taken away.
How many times have I been blessed with:
- open doors
- revelation from God
- material provision
- the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit
- great friendships
- or even a great day
and not been thankful?
How many times have you?
I'd like to issue this challenge to you today. If you want to keep something that you have, begin today to thank God for it. If you want something to increase in your life, begin today to bless it and thank God for it.
To him who has, more will be given.
What has God done for you that you can be more thankful for today? Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.
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