This principle makes sense to most Christians intellectually, but it’s quite another thing to live it out. There’s part of us that just thinks we would be happier if we kept everything for ourselves.
I recently discovered the story of Albert Hyde, the founder of a company that manufactured Mentholatum (brings relief to sore muscles and joints). Hyde was a generous man who gave copious amounts of money to the Lord’s work. He typically gave away 90% of his income (I like to call that reverse tithing!) The ministries to which he gave to have had a profound impact on the world.
Later in his life, Hyde lost everything in the Great Depression. He was once asked if he was sorry that he had given so much away. His answer was: “I lost everything that I kept, but everything that I gave is still blessing others.” It’s a good example of the principle that Jesus teaches in Matthew 6. Everything we keep for ourselves can easily disappear, but what we give to God will have an eternal impact. Trust in God and His principles today!