Acts 20:35 NASB
“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Usually when you get a wedding invitation, it says where the couple has registered so that you can buy them specific gifts that they need and already picked out. But for a certain friend’s wedding celebration invitation, they did the opposite! Instead of registering for gifts for themselves, they asked guests to bring Christmas presents for needy children! They asked for items that they would be able to pack into shoeboxes for needy children via Samaritan’s Purse. Interestingly enough, one of the things this husband had been looking for in a wife, was a woman utterly unconcerned about material things. That completely describes my friend and her husband.
They truly exhibit feeling more blessed giving as opposed to receiving. They are finding joy in providing for others as opposed to for themselves. I am amazed at how incredibly Biblical this decision is. In a world full of people always wanting the latest and greatest in houseware and gadgets, they completely said no to falling into that trap. Their decision stops me dead in my tracks when I am tempted to spend money to update my comfort level or image or status as opposed to spend money caring for someone else. If I believe it is more blessed to give than to receive, then I will be more eager to give to others than I am to make my house look like something you would see in a magazine.
While there’s nothing wrong with nice houses or nice things, we must remember things that are eternal. As opposed to being concerned about “getting” all the right stuff, we should be much more concerned with giving to those in need. Are your thoughts more consumed with how you can get more, do more, and make more to have more stuff you want? Or are your thoughts more consumed with how you can give more, in order to bless more of those in need? Pray today for a God to give us a more generous heart.
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming book “Applying God’s Word to our Daily Lives.”