23 Nov Better to Give Than Receive…
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35
This last Sunday was “Kingdom Mischief Night” and it was a huge success! I am so proud of all you for diving in head first and serving the city around you. With the food you brought, and the money that was donated, we were able to bless over 60 families in need with groceries and love. So thank you for coming out and serving your city!
We all love getting gifts and celebrating Christmas or our birthdays, but in my opinion, it is far more fun to give to those in need. It’s a completely different feeling on the inside when you give, versus when you receive a gift. They both feel good, but there is something that happens on a soul level when you give to another. It satisfies a different part of us that is not fed often enough. I was thinking about this soul satisfaction and wondering, why? Why does it feel so different? Well I believe the reason why is, biblically, according to that verse cited above, “it is more blessed to give than receive.” in that verse, Jesus laid out a Kingdom principal that says blessing is directly connected to giving or generosity. It’s the same idea as “whatever you sow, you shall reap” (Gal. 6:7).
Friends, I want to encourage you; The kingdom of God is extremely fertile soil, when you sow generously into the Kingdom of God and into the expansion of the Kingdom , you will reap generously. Your return on investment will always be high.
There is something unique about blessing others, it just does something for our soul. It softens up places in our hearts that have hardened, and warms pieces that have grown cold.
When Jesus laid out that Kingdom principal it was nothing new, in the bible blessing has always followed giving.
Deuteronomy 15:10 – “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
Proverbs 22:9 – “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
Over and over, we see blessing tied to giving. You see giving will let you show love in ways that nothing else will. Whether it’s time, money, or effort, giving says something that words often can’t. When we are giving to others, we are loving others. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE.” (John 3:16)
God Loves a Cheerful Giver.
As we enter into this Christmas season, I want to challenge all of you to be thinking more about how to bless others, than what is under the tree with your name on it. Lets be cheerful givers and lets give without holding anything back!
Love you all,
- How could you bless your parents this year?
- What are some other ways to give besides giving money?
- What does being generous mean to you?