It Is Better To Give Than To Receive

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 20:25)turtlehead bee

We have heard the phrase, “it is better to give than to receive” many times, and it is a proven principle. Have you noticed how much joy you experience when you give someone a gift, especially if you know that it is something they really needed and could really use? And it is especially nice when they show that appreciation to you by genuinely thanking you.

Did you know that the Lord Jesus coined that phrase? It is recorded in the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul was speaking to fellow believers – the elders of the Church at Ephesus – he was thanking them for their love and care for him, and praising them for following his example of ministering to others. As I studied this passage once, I was struck with a thought: From what I read about the verb tense in a commentary, in the Greek the sentence would read more like: …remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he always used to say,It is more blessed to give than to receive‘. Paul was reminding these Christians, some who must have spend some time around Jesus, of a phrase that Jesus repeated to them often: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

So, I started thinking about times when Jesus would have said this, and my imagination started going…

Imagine the Lord Jesus and the disciples walking down a road on the way to their next destination (walking takes a long time!), and Jesus keeps stopping along the way to help people:

*He stops to help an old woman carry her burden. He takes His time and talks to her, and laughs with her, sharing about the Kingdom of Heaven as they walk. His disciples are in a hurry to get where they are headed and ask, “Why did you give her so much of your time?” The Lord Jesus responds, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

*He pauses to give a poor beggar man a cup of water and some of their meager supply of food, sharing with him the Living Water and Bread. The disciples ask, “Why are you giving him our supplies?” The Lord Jesus replies, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

*He stops to tenderly comfort a child who skinned his knee while tending the family’s goat herd, and heals his wound, sharing His love. The disciples ask, “Why are you giving this little kid your time and energy?” The Lord Jesus replies, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

*He takes some money from their scant treasury bag (remember Judas held on to it?) to give to a poor widow and her children, telling them about the treasures laid up in Heaven for those who love Him. Again, the disciples ask, “Why are you giving her our money?” He replies again, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

*He gives His cloak to a poor young couple with a newborn baby, knowing that the cold night is coming, and tells them about the security of being “under His wings”. The disciples say, “You are going to be cold tonight, why did you give them your cloak?” To which he replies, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

You get the point…

*Finally, He laid aside His glory, came down to earth as a humble helpless human baby, lived a life of poverty, and then died a shameful death on the cross, giving His life for “whosoever” believes in Him. He gave His all for us, so that we didn’t have to perish in Hell for our sinful state. You may ask, “Why did He do this?” I believe that He would reply, “Because I love you, and because It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

You can’t outgive God

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