It is always fun and enjoyable to receive something that someone has offered or given you. Isn’t it? We all love to be on the receiving end. But God’s Word teaches that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.
Acts 20:35 . . . remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Recently I was out with three of my lovely granddaughters. They were helping me do some shopping for some of their cousins who would be arriving in a couple of weeks. Their cousins were not able to be with us on Christmas so we were doing some late Christmas shopping for them.
A Fun Filled Day
First of all I was thrilled that it was their idea to go with me, not to shop for themselves, but to be helpful in finding gifts for their cousins. This made it a fun filled day.
Secondly, in every store we went in, they never thought about themselves, they were always thinking about someone else. All three of them had money in their wallets and could have spent it on something, but at the time their focus was on others and they were enjoying every minute of it.
Thirdly, the youngest one (6 yr. old) had one dollar in her purse. I had told her I would take her to the Dollar Store (affiliate links) so she could spend her money. I was thrilled when she said she didn’t want to buy something for herself, but for her cousins that were coming instead. What a blessing! And yes, we did find some little notebooks at the dollar store that she was able to divide up and distribute among the cousins. Another lesson here is realizing that giving cheerfully often multiplies our blessings. She was giving out of a cheerful heart and had no idea that her grandma in return was going to buy her some things which added up to more than her dollar. How many times does our heavenly Father do the same for us! Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Fourthly, not only were they giving in this way, by finding gifts for the cousins, but they were also giving of their time in helping their grandmother make decisions. It was much easier for me to have them along as they were able to help me choose things that they thought their cousins would like. ( I have lots of trouble making decisions. 😐
Yes, it is more blessed to give than receive and I think these girls have come to realize this truth. There are many ways to give; As the saying goes, give of your time, talent, and treasures. Blessings will abound when we do.
I actually think that many of my grandchildren have learned and/or are learning this truth from the example that their parents have set before them. We need to be the example in their lives. They can see through us that trusting and obeying the Word of God brings blessings in our lives.