“This is a great lesson: that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.
How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labor is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we reach out to the hurting.
We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Often when we attempt to teach the scriptures, we come away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with mature saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it and how much the mature saint may outstrip us in knowledge.
Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and running over.”
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon