It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive. The Lifestyle Of Giving

It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive. The Lifestyle Of Giving

Jeremiah_29-11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

Jeremiah_29-11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Acts 20:35 (KJV)

We live in a world where everyone is striving to get whatever they can; people will lie or even kill if need be in order to get more and fulfil their desires. Indeed, it is a world of greed, avarice, covetousness, and self-centeredness. The end result is nothing other than dissatisfaction and emptiness.

Our text today tells us that there is a blessed and superior platform that we are expected to stand on. This platform makes us outstanding and unique. “[. . .] It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, KJV). What a powerful revelation. Stop for a moment and think about the full import of this statement. It completely contradicts the way the world thinks. The world thinks, “Get all you can, put others in the can, close the can, and sit on the can. This is the opposite of the blessed way. The blessed way is for you to get in order to give yourself an opportunity to give to others. The blessed platform is for you to live a lifestyle of giving. God gave all to Adam; He put him in charge. When Adam messed up, God began a program of restoration and again God gave His only begotten Son to the world.

Jesus also continued the lifestyle of giving; He gave His life for sinners. He lived daily to show that there is a better way to live other than being driven by acquisition. If God and Jesus function in this way, it must be a superior platform. They have definitely shown us something that is strange to humanity. All mankind had known since the fall was how to acquire, but Jesus came to show us how to be a channel of blessing. There is no record of Jesus acquiring, yet His needs were met. His robe was so expensive that soldiers could not cut it into pieces; they had to cast lots for it. He was buried in a tomb where no man had ever laid. He did all of this to show us a higher way of living: the lifestyle of giving.

Let your life be a life that gives (time, talent, money, etc.) at all times. Don’t wait until you have become “successful”. Learn to share the little you have. If you do not learn to give the little you have, you will never give the big things. Learn to share and make giving a lifestyle. Then you will see a new dimension of grace rest upon you.

2 Corinthians 8; 9:6-15

Jeremiah 37-39

Hebrews 3

Thank You Jesus!

Psalms_107-1: O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever

Psalms_107-1: O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever

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May God Bless Israel, Nigeria, And America And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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