“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV Bible) “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV Bible)
Everyone, even the poorest of poor, are commanded in the Bible, to give, If we are so poor that we have no money, we still have time to give or other resources, like food, a talent for something that someone needs and cannot do for themselves, etc. In Mark 12:41-44 in the NIV Bible, is the story of the widow’s offering. “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small cooper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44 (NIV Bible)
Giving acknowledges our faith in God, that he will meet our needs. All wealth belongs to God, he just entrust us with it according to our needs, as well as our ability to give it. The more we give, the more it will come back to us. The definition of reciprocity is a situation or relationship in which two people or groups agree to do something similar for each other, to allow each other to have the same rights, etc. (from Merriam-Webster dictionary) So, giving and reciprocity are similar, but with one very important difference, our expectations after we give or reciprocate. When you reciprocate, you are doing so, knowing that the person or group you reciprocate with, will come back to you. It’s much more like an exchange, but giving is not an exchange, but rather giving, not expecting anything in return.
Reciprocity is a great concept and I use it very often, as I’m sure many of you do. When it comes to business, it’s a good concept. Giving, is a command from God and comes from the heart! So, we really should be giving and using reciprocity on a regular basis.
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