One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
In my classes, I always teach people to give well if they expect to receive well. These two actions go hand in hand to work in perfect harmony. The more we get, the more we are expected to give and the more we give, the more we should expect to receive. Now take note, although you should expect to receive that should not be your sole reason for giving. The verse says give freely. It doesn't say give and then sit around with your hand out or constantly looking over your shoulder waiting for something to come along. We must remember that we are blessed, to be a blessing!
I also want to acknowledge that the person you may give to, doesn't necessarily have to be the person who will give back to you. So, for heavens sake, don't be the type of person that will hold things over a friends head and constantly remind them of what you've done for them. If you did it with the right heart, you shouldn't even be able to remember every single thing you've done. God can use anyone to bless you, even an enemy, so don't make too many expectations concerning where the blessing will come from.
The second part of the verse says not to withhold unduly or in other words don't be stingy! Some folks are so worried about hoarding everything to themselves without remembering that to whom much is given, much is required. Despite the economy, we still have the responsibility of making wise decisions. Although it may not make mathematical sense, the more you keep to yourself, the less you will inevitably have. Have you ever noticed how the world's wealthiest people are the world's biggest philanthropists? Look at Oprah, Bono or Bill Gates to name a few. Has being overly charitable broken the bank for them? Clearly not! Its actually done quite the opposite. They understand the cycle: give well and you shall receive well.
Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth & Give Back!