You know what the difference between a funnel and a bowl is? It seems pretty obvious. One has a hole in it and the other doesn't. One captures and keeps everything, and the other directs everything to a different location. Both are blessed recipients of things, but only one willingly "spreads the love."
Psalm 67:1-2 "To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations."
The Psalmist was praying for God's mercy and blessing. He wanted God's face to shine upon his people. Why? So they could hoard the blessings? So they could show off to the world how blessed and awesome they were? So they could get so much stuff that they had to build bigger barns to store it all? According to verse 2, he wanted God to pour on the blessings so that the world would know the one true God, His goodness, and His salvation. He wanted the whole world to praise the LORD. For the psalmist, God's blessings were not about him and his people gathering great bounty like a bowl, but it was about being a funnel. He knew the blessings of God in his life could impact the lives of others.
What does this mean for us today? How does this apply in modern times? You know that blessing you received recently? Did you pocket it or did you seek for some way to use it for God's glory and to reach others with the Gospel? That income tax refund you are expecting, are you pretty excited to buy a new gadget or toy? Or are you seeking how you may invest in eternity? That paycheck you receive, do you spend it selfishly serving all your own needs or do you give tithes, offerings, and missions money? Do you help those in need?
If God has your heart, He will have no problem having your pocket book. Your eyes will be focused on eternity and the trinkets of this world will not have the glimmer and sparkle they once had. You will learn to be a funnel instead of a bowl because you will realize how temporary things are on this earth and that eternity matters forever.
Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."