Better to Give
Paul the Apostle said these amazing words, “Remember the words of our Lord Jesus, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
This is not some random colloquialism. This is not just a saying. It truly is better to give than to receive.
Doesn’t it seem somehow backwards? Doesn’t this seem like an upside down concept? You give something away and yet, you somehow have more than what you originally started with.
Is it truly better to give something away than to receive something? How does the mathematical equation of that scenario work? How does this add up? How can I actually have more after giving away?
Well, it works. This is the kingdom of God. This is the concept of the upside down kingdom. This is not the kingdom of the earth. This is not the kingdom of this world. In the upside down kingdom, in order to live you must die. In the upside down kingdom, in order to receive you must first give. In order to be blessed it sometimes requires us to first be a blessing.
Do you want to receive? Well, there is a biblical means by which we can receive. God is not mocked, whatever a man sows therefore shall he also reap. Sow seeds of goodness, compassion and selfless love, and God, in his divine accounting system, somehow allows you to receive from his own hand so much more than you ever anticipated.
Give to your kids. Sow seeds into your family today. Be intentional this week. Do you want to see the amazing fruit and receive a bountiful harvest in your family’s life? Sow seeds today. Seeds take time. The diligence and discipline of the farmer comes down to perspective. The wise farmer does his work, regardless if he is seeing the seeds sprouting. He has confidence in the plan and in God who causes the growth.
This is the upside down kingdom. Give this week. Give to your kids. Remember the words of our Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Amen.
- Recall: In order to receive, you must first do what?
- Reflect: When was the last time you intentionally sowed seeds into your family?
- Respond: What can you do to sow seeds in your family in preparation for the harvest?
- Rethink: What are you doing right now to intentionally give to your kids?