It Really Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive

We live in a very materialistic world. The world teaches us to “get, get, get.” There was a bumper sticker years ago that said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Someone made a sticker to respond to that one. It read, “He who dies with the most toys, still dies.”
In Acts 20:35, the apostle Paul was speaking to the Ephesian elders just before leaving them. Among other things, Paul challenged them to be givers. He told them to remember the words of Jesus who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Now let’s be honest; do we believe that statement? Let’s not try to act too spiritual, do we really believe that verse? If we did, it would totally change how we live. If we believed it is “more blessed to give than to receive,” churches would not have to ask for money. Charitable organizations would never have too ask for money either. Because, we would believe that giving money away is better than holding onto it.
What blessing do we get from giving? First, the blessing of obedience. Second, the blessing of trusting the Lord and experiencing how God provides. Third, the blessing of helping someone. Someone has said, “when we give, two people are blessed; the giver and the receiver.”
I encourage you to be a giver.
Years ago, a very wealthy man lost everything in the Great Depression. Following the Depression, he was invited to tour a college that he had given lots of money too. A building was pointed out that was built in honor of this man. As he observed the building, he was asked if he regretted giving all the money he had given to this University. The man responded, “No, the only thing I have, is what I gave away.”
He was saying, “it is more blessed to give than to receive. Today and every day, be a giver.

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