It is More Blessed to Give

Acts 20:35 is possibly the most disbelieved verse in the Bible. Luke writes, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (NKJV).
We battle pride and selfishness every day. It is our downfall and the source of most of our sins. Proverbs 16:18 says, “pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Scripture has a plan for taking us out of our selves so we can become less selfish. Partly, the answer lies in the power of giving. God never asks us to do something without sound reasoning. God does not “need anything” from us (Acts 17:25). Instead, we must give because of what it will do for our spiritual lives and for the church of our Lord.
It is more blessed to give than receive for the following reasons.
First, we become less selfish. God has given us so much and too often we complain about what we do not have. A child can get two dozen gifts and still complain about the gifts they did not get. Too often we treat God the same way. He blesses and we complain.
Ben Franklin said, “There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”
Giving is an expression of love. Would we respect a parent who spent all their money on themselves and could not feed or clothe their children? Some would call that child abuse. So why would it be acceptable for us to claim we love God and then spend all of our money on ourselves and give God the scraps?
Second, we become spiritually stronger. Giving will make us spiritually stronger because we will live closer to him as we do. We will realize that everything belongs to him (Psalm 24:1; Haggai 2:8). John Oxenham wrote that “love’s prerogative” is to “give and give and give.” This will radiate every aspect of our lives. Giving will become a lifestyle and we will never ask, “God, what is the least I can do to get to heaven?”
Giving is a barometer of our spiritual health. Stinginess in giving will lead to a lack of giving of our time, talents and worship. We need not seek to improve our giving without growing in spiritual maturity. As we grow, giving will improve alongside our maturation process. We will realize that God is our Savior and all that we need (2 Peter 1:3).
Third, we become physically blest. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, we find Paul admonishing the Corinthians to remember that when we sow sparingly, we reap sparingly. Later in this passage we read that God “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Giving cheerfully delights the Lord because it means we love and trust him. He promises that if we will trust him and give as we have been prospered (1 Corinthians 16:2) that he will shower more blessings down on us than we can ever imagine (Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:25; Malachi 3:10).
It is said that the River of Galilee and the Dead Sea are complete opposites. Galilee leads into the River Jordan while the Jordan leads into the Dead Sea. There is nowhere for the water to go once it reaches the Dead Sea. So it just sits and the sun evaporates the good things and leaves the salt and chemicals that produce a sea nothing can live in.
A life without giving will be just as barren and hopeless.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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