Text:“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” - Proverbs 11:24.
This paradoxical statement highlights the fact that rather than wasting their resources, those who are liberal in supporting the work of God whenever occasion demands, are in fact sowing seeds from which they would reap bountifully later by God's grace. (Compare Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2) But those who due to lack of faith refuse to spend their money for the work of God are denying themselves of the Lord's blessings and therefore will be declining both spiritually and materially. That liberality in the work of God enables one to get the grace of eternal life is the point made by our Lord Jesus Christ in the parable of the unrighteous mammon. He said we should make ourselves friends of God Almighty and His son Jesus Christ so that when money no longer has any value, God will grant us life on the basis of what we have done to support His work by His grace. – Luke 16:9; Proverbs 11:4.
The Bible shows that Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, was distinguished by virtue of the fact that he not only feared God with all his house, but also gave much alms to the people. The divine response to his goodwill was evidence that God monitors our activities to reward us accordingly. Scripture says, “Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.” - Psalm 125:1, 4.