Melvyn Tan
October 21, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

What’s In It For Me?

[blockquote source=”1 Timothy 6:18 (GWT)“]Tell them to do good, to do a lot of good things, to be generous, and to share.[/blockquote] What’s in it for me? This is a question that we very often ask. We see an offer and we stop and ask “what’s in it for me?” Or someone comes along and […]

[blockquote source=”1 Timothy 6:18 (GWT)“]Tell them to do good, to do a lot of good things, to be generous, and to share.[/blockquote]

What’s in it for me?

This is a question that we very often ask.

We see an offer and we stop and ask “what’s in it for me?” Or someone comes along and make us a proposition and we stop and ask “what’s in it for me?”

It is accepted, or even natural in our current context, that we ask “what’s in it for me?”

We have come to learn that “there is no free lunch”, and so we ask “what’s in it for me?”

The Apostle Paul taught us that as individuals who are rich, we ought to be able to give. In fact, we do not just give, but give generously.

Giving may be easy for some of us. We have the means and so when the opportunity arise, we give.

It is always easy to do it when one has the means. But what about those who do not have the means? They are already finding it hard to have enough for themselves, let alone with others.

While that may be true for some, let it be known that even some who are rich also sometimes find it difficult to give, let alone do it generously.

The fundamental thing in common for those who give generously whether when they have the means or not is their mind-set.

If one has an abundant mind-set, it is always easy to give. If one has a scarcity mind-set, it’s always difficult to give, no matter what the circumstances are.

But some of you might be asking, but I do not have much of anything, what can I give? Or some might even say, I haven’t received anything, so why should I give?

I once had an associate who balk at the idea that we did some form of pro-bono work for schools. His idea was, wouldn’t people take advantage of it? When we finally evaluated the number of people who took advantage of it; it totalled 2. But when we counted the number of schools who not only signed us up, but even referred us, it was in the hundreds.

Of course what you offer should be of value. It must be good.

Application: what do you have that is of value to others? How can you offer it to help others ease their pains? Can you give it away generously? How would you do it?

Father, thank You for Your generous love and gift. May we learn Your generous ways to give and to give cheerfully. In Jesus name, Amen.