It is better to give than to receive
Scripture: Ephesians 4:28; Acts 20:32-35
28 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.
(V.28) Note that Paul is talking about the fact that some Christians in Ephesus were accustomed to stealing. The cause for stealing is laziness. Paul’s remedy for this is working so we can begin to give instead of take. It is far easier to take than to give, but listen to the words of Paul and Christ in Acts 20:32-35
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 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.’ ”
Questions and prayers:
- Have I been faithful in finding my spiritual gifts, honing my gifts, and serving others through my gifts?
(Prayer: Ask God to help you to be faithful in each of those areas)
- Has my language within the last year been dominated with these phrases: “Can you help me with this?… I need… why didn’t you do this for me?”
Or these phrases: “let me give you a hand with that… How can I help you today?… I want to pray for you… what are you lacking in this season?”
(Prayer: Rebuke the spirit of laziness within you and Ask God to transform your mind from selfish to selfless, ask Him to help you to be mindful of opportunities to serve others.)
- Recall the many times you were able to serve others in 2018
(Prayer: Bless God for the strength he has given you to serve others and the joy that comes from giving.)