The Doorpost: More blessing in giving
By Ray King · Jul 21, 2021
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
When we read these words of Jesus, do we actually believe them? Are we happier to receive or to give? Do we truly believe there is more blessing in giving than in receiving?
When we give, are we happy or do we have a sense of loss? Are we eagerly looking for ways we can give and serve, or are we trying to avoid them? When we become aware of a need, do we welcome the opportunity to help meet it, or do we hope someone else will do it?
During the three years when Paul the Apostle was establishing the church in Ephesus, he also worked day and night, day after day, to provide support for himself and his co-workers, showing the new believers that there is more blessing in giving and serving than in receiving and being served.
Paul was a good example for the believers in Ephesus back then—and for us today. He truly believed “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Do we?