I showed you in all things that you should work as I did and help the weak. I taught you to remember the words Jesus said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Acts 20:35 (NCV)
The beatitudes are the supreme blessedness taught by Jesus Christ, and the most unbelieved beatitude is the text before us today. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” In other words, the giver is happier than the getter! That must be some mistake you must say. The principles and practice of giving are taught in the Bible and when obeyed, will bring blessings to both givers and recipients. But the greater blessings fall on the giver than on the recipient because “it is more blessed to give than to receive” .
This is one beatitude that goes against our instincts, but it is none the less very true and it preserves a fragment of both the saying and doings of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is good to note that Jesus did and say many things that no book on earth would be able to contain it, if it was to be captured. Giving secures more real happiness than receiving, because it is godlike and blesses forever. God is the giver of every good and perfect gift and as his image bearers we are called to be givers; to be mini pictures of His infinite large hearts and open hands.
Giving is the offering of something to God or others, or to both. It is making one’s time as well as one’s possessions available for the services of God and others, and this is the essence of true living. It is said that one can give without loving but one cannot love without giving. In the words of J.H. Jowett, “Cheerful giving is born of love, giving is the language of loving; indeed, it has no other speech. ‘God so loved that He gave!’ Love finds its very life in giving itself away.
My declaration and confession: Lord today i confess and declare that whenever I have the opportunity, i will do good to everyone, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ignite Thought: The secret to making today a happier day is for us to take advantage of every opportunity the Lord gives us to care for others.