“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – Act 20:35
When we were kids, we always wanted our father to come home early and the reason was simple. We weren’t missing him, we were missing the biscuits that he might come back with. When he gets home and eventually come empty, we greet him but retire back to our rooms coldly. But now that we have grown up, we take more delight in giving our parents than receiving from them. We should give to the poor with the same mindset, we have to come up to that point of maturity where we would rather give than have others give to us. However, we may ask, why do we have to work hard and then give to those who didn’t contribute anything? One of the ways to appreciate God is to give to the poor. Get this:
1. You are strong so that the weak can depend on you
2. When helping the weak, Jesus personalizes it (Matthew 25:35-40)
By helping others, we are expressing our gratitude to God for whatever we have and we are acknowledging that we are privileged to have what we have so that we can help those who don’t have. When Jesus said “it is more blessed to give” He isn’t assuring us that when we give, we will receive more money or have more breakthroughs but He is saying that when we give, we find more fulfilment. The Greek word translated “blessed” here is Μακάριόν (Makarion) which means “fortunate” or “happy”. So Jesus actually meant “happiness is derived from giving rather than receiving!” In other words, He meant “there is more joy in giving than receiving.” When we understand that anytime we help the poor, we are giving directly to Jesus, it stirs up joy as we do so.
POINT TO NOTE
One of the biggest motivations that should make you work and earn money is not to spend it on yourself alone but also to be an extension of God’s hand in reaching out to the less privileged. The less privileged isn’t just those in the orphanage but also those people around you, in your office, in the community and just anyone anywhere who needs your help. Paul said, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.“ You see that? It is more fulfilling to give than to receive.
“I am the extension of God’s hand on the earth and I am the answer to the cry of many. Therefore, I don’t earn for myself but for others. I know that by giving the less privileged, I am giving to Jesus.”
Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that helping the weak is one of the important tasks you have given us as your children. We are on an errand for you.
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