As Paul quotes The Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20:35b, these are words not recorded in the Gospels yet very consistent with the Teachings of Christ.
These are not words used to guilt us into giving when the offering plate is passed- they are indeed words of Truth that go against man’s natural thinking.
Man’s natural thinking is , “Actually, I like receiving, who doesn’t?” And, “If I give, I will have less for my family and I.”
God calls His children to live by faith, to come out from the world and be separate , yet it is this area of money that we like to take exception. It’s so easy, and natural to operate our financial affairs by sight.
Can we reasonably exclude finances in our lives from faith? God’s Word says “No”
Many spend the majority of their waking hours, years of their lives, earning money. If it’s not enough to give that time to the earning of money, how many countless hours on top of earning it, are given to the worrying or fretting over money issues?
For some, spending money and the love of money consume a great deal of time.
In total, just how much of our lives, marked by time, do we give to the subject of money? I believe the answer is overwhelming!
Is this God’s design? No.
Yes, we need to work for a living, and labor is honorable. Yes we have bills to pay. But, when the work is done, and the checks get sent , where do our hearts and mind tend to linger?
Jesus also taught, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38. We can trust the words of Christ, believing His promise to provide for giver.
In addition to the promise of provision, the Christian giver also receives treasures that last forever. “But lay up yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt , and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”Matt. 6:20. The things that we receive on this earth will decay, rust, and break. Instead of holding tightly onto earthly treasures, why don’t we store up heavenly treasures by heeding to the words of Christ?
When we try to improve our finances by withholding from giving, we’ll find that all it does is make matters worse. Solomon wrote, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” Pro. 11:24. So, those that give will still have, and those that hold back will have less. That goes against our natural thinking doesn’t it? The good news, is God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” Is. 55:8. We do not have to rely on our understanding, simply trust God and His Word and we’ll indeed know that it is more blessed to give than to receive!