We are more blessed when we give than when we look to receive
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Paul the apostle speaks to the elders in the city of Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor. He knows that he will not see them again because of his own imprisonment that lies ahead. They are saddened by the news. Paul exhorts them to be on guard against false teachers and to fight the good fight of faith. He tells them to remember those that are weak and in need of Christian support. He reminds them of Jesus’ words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
As followers of Christ we are called upon to give because we have received. We are more blessed when we give than when we look to receive. We are often encouraged by others to think first about our own needs and only when we are satisfied should we look to help others. However, this is not God’s way.
We can give because we have received so much from God. The grace of God flows to us and fills us so that we can be giving people. We want others to have their needs met as God has met our needs. We give by pointing others to the source of life, the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
It is giving that opens our lives up to the blessing of God. Jesus tells us that when we follow Him, giving takes priority. As His disciples, we yield our lives to His grace and to the life of the Spirit within us, so that we can minister to others in their time of need. ‘Acts of kindness’ becomes our identitiy.
While here on earth, Jesus life was a living of example of Jesus’ own exhortation. He thought first of us and our need. He thought of a world lost in sin and bound by the enemy of our souls. In love He gave himself through dying on the cross that we might be set free. He was carrying out God’s will and purpose. He loved a lost, rebellious world, and therefore gave His life to save it.
As a community of Jesus’ followers, we become a shining light in the darkness as we learn that it is indeed more blessed to give than receive. Together our lives speak of a giving Savior who gave His all so that we might be free. Giving continuous acts of kindness becomes our way of life as we follow the example of our Redeemer.
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me to embrace this truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Help me to surrender to your grace and to the fruit of your Holy Spirit so that I can be a giving person as you are a giving God. Let simple acts for kindness be my way of life so that your name will be honored. Amen.