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.’ "Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Several years ago I met a man who told me..."You can't out give a giver."
I thought I had met a man after God's own heart, but soon came to realize that this person's "you can't out give a giver" attitude was only one of manipulation that served him well in life. He wasn't truly a giver at all, but a taker of all sorts of things.
I have pondered this situation in my heart many times over the last few years, as this man first appeared to be just as he described...a giver. I became overwhelmed at the selfishness that he began to display and was actually hurt on many occasions by his extreme thoughtlessness. God's word speaks of both giving and receiving, saying that ..."it is more blessed to give than to receive."
So why then would a man "pretend to be a giver?"
The answer really is clear.
Rooted in selfish desires, without consideration for another person's feelings, man walks in sinfulness, treading upon his brothers and sisters in this world.
Is it nice? No way!
Is it necessary? Of course not!
Let us take a moment to think about Jesus, His calling and His purpose.
Who is Jesus?
Scripture tells us that Jesus is the Son of God, born to be our Savior.
Jesus is the one and only true picture of selflessness that we can ever know or imagine.
Jesus gave His life for every one of us, for the sinfulness of every man, woman, or child ever born.
Can you imagine the weight of the cross that Jesus carried, as it held all of the sinfulness, pain and torment, sickness and disease ever to occur?
So, "you can't out give a giver?"
This is certainly true in the case of Jesus, as He selflessly became a sacrifice for all of humanity for eternity!
I ask, "What one of us...is truly as"self sacrificial" as our Jesus?"
"What one of us...truly declares himself as a giver and walks the walk of our Lord, Jesus Christ?"
"What one of us... truly looks into our heart every day and ponders exactly what it means when we are told in Scripture...it is more blessed to give than to receive?"
Perhaps we all should do exactly that!
Before we walk in some kind of self serving, grand attitude that we are a "giver to all" let us examine our own heart and look for Jesus there.
And woe to those who are operating in a lie, only to deceive and take advantage of the one's who are truly desiring to walk as our Jesus walks.
Woe to those who declare, "you can't out give a giver" and then seek take all that a giver has to give.
I just want to say, "Thank you, Jesus... for you alone are the only one, who by your divine design, carries the true nature to "out give" every giver."
'Thank you, Jesus ...that by allowing you into our heart, we, too, have the capacity to become selfless and to experience the blessings promised to us by our Father in heaven... that it is indeed "more blessed to give than to receive."
It is my prayer today that we all take a moment to examine our heart and look deep inside to find Jesus. May His presence fill us with His love and compassion and may we exercise His giving heart to all those that we encounter every day.
Love and Blessings to All in Jesus Precious Name.