The Bible clearly states, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
As Paul planned to sail to Jerusalem, he met with the elders of the church at Ephesus, saying farewell and encouraging them in their work in the Lord. He reminded them of his labor among them over a three year period and called on them to give their labor as well. “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ ” (Acts 20:35).
Why is it more blessed to give than to receive?
Knowing the whys often helps us follow through with the whats.
First, giving and blessing are gifts which come directly from God. God is a giver. When we give we are being like Him. Therefore as we give for the needs of others, we are blessed to serve and provide in the same way we receive from our Lord.
Second, when we give, we open the door to more blessings from God.
Like all parents, God wants to see His children being kind, generous, and loving. When He finds us doing those things, He encourages us to do more of those things by blessing us as we do them.
Third, when we give, we experience a unique closeness with God that can only come to us as we are generous and kind to others. As we give we open the door to that wonderful closeness with Him.
Finally, our giving means we have already been blessed. We don’t have to be the recipient who needs; we can be the blessed who is able to give.
After the Vietnam War, a small city wanted to place a memorial in the city center. Solicitors went door to door asking for donations. At one house, the volunteer asking for contributions told a husband and wife of a family down the street who gave $5,000 in memory of their son killed in Vietnam.
The wife squeezed her husband’s hand and said, “Let’s give $5,000 as well.” The husband replied: “But we didn’t have a son killed in the war.” She then looked at him and said: “Let’s give because we didn’t lose our son.”
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
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