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More Blessed to Give

 

 

 

 

 

More Blessed to Give

 

Acts 20:35  … It is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

Theses words of the Lord Jesus are not found in the Gospels as such, but are mentioned by Paul as having been spoken by our Lord while He dwelt here on earth.  This principle, however, was enunciated by our Lord in Luke 14 when He said, “Luke 14:12-14  …When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. “

How seldom we practise this precept of our Lord. At our festive occasions and banquets we usually invite our close friends and loved ones, rather than the poor and needy, to partake of our bountiful fare.  Do not all of us have to admit that even our prayers are to a great extent selfish? We seem much more interested in receiving than  in giving. Our Lord knew the deceitfulness of covetousness and riches.  He recognised that instead of satisfying our deepest needs they only increase our desire for even more” things” which leave the soul barren and unblessed.  Let us determine today to begin to think more of others;  to be more willing and more anxious to distribute, than we are to grasp greedily for personal gain. 

For a number of weeks a Sunday School class had been studying the subject “stewardship”.  At the end of their course they were asked to write out what they thought it meant.  One boy wrote this: “Stewardship means that life is a great ship, loaded with rich cargo of many things to be delivered to many people, in many places.  God is the owner, but I am the captain of the ship”  -  Is this your point of view, or are you just a “ gimme” Christian?  A faithful steward is happiest when he is “ delivering the goods” to others in the name of his Saviour. -  H.G.B.

Oh, the heart grows rich in giving;

All its wealth is living grain;

Seeds which mildew in the garden,

Scattered, fill with gold and plain. – Mrs. Charles.

 

“ You cannot love without giving, and you cannot give without blessing!”

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John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

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